He was educated at Newbridge College he won a Leinster Senior schools medal in 1970 beating a much fancied Blackrock College soundly and to which Michael made a big contribution with his deadly place kicking. He joined Lansdowne the following season with 3 other members of that Newbridge team John Keirn, Jim O’Meara and Jim Kennedy, who in their first season played on the cup winning 3rd XV where their football and social lives were developed by recently retired veterans, Mick English, Noel Hoffman and Tony Twomey. He soon graduated to the firsts where his safe hands and huge kick out of hand or with the placed ball soon caught the attention of the Leinster and national selectors, leading to his first cap in 1973 when Ireland bet France at Lansdowne Road 6-4.
He went onto gain 10 caps in all, his last against South Africa in Durban in 1981 which was narrowly lost and where he was opposed by a famous South African number 10, Naas Botha whose fantastic kicking exploits were seriously rivalled by Michael.
He played 50 times for Leinster and also for the Barbarians and Wolfhounds and was on a World XV who played in South Africa against the Springboks in 1977. He won 4 Leinster senior cup medals and 3 Leinster senior league medals and on his retirement from senior football he continued to play at junior level for many years and won Leinster medals at 2nd, 3rd A and 3rd B level.
He has continued to work for Lansdowne in various areas such as coaching and is currently manager of the 1st XV. He captained the club in 1981/82. He is presently Chief Executive of the IRFU fund raising organisation to help seriously injured players.
Date of Birth 31/05/1952
International Debut versus France
International Debut Date 14/04/1973
Last Test versus South Africa
Last Test Date 06/06/1981
Test Penalties 4
Test Drop Goals 2
Total Test Points 18