Luke Fitzgerald (born 13 September 1987) is a Rugby Union footballer. He currently plays at winger or centre for Leinster. Having previously studied at Blackrock College he won two Leinster Schools Senior Cups, in 2004 and 2006, but losing to Belvedere College in 2005. He won his first cap for Ireland in November 2006. He is currently studying in University College Dublin. Luke has earned the nickname "Pivot" from Leinster and Irish rugby fans due to his exciting runs and sidesteps from broken play.
Luke played for the Blackrock College Senior Cup Team from 2004-2006, winning two Leinster Senior Cup Medals, in 2004 and 2006. He also won a Leinster Junior Cup Medal in 2003.
He was the 2005 Irish Examiner Young Rugby Player of the Year.
Luke played four matches for the Leinster Schools' Representative team.
In his fifth year Fitzgerald played three games for the Irish Schools team.
While in his final year he played three matches for the Leinster Under 19's, all as Captain.
He also won the Irish Examiner Young Player of the Year for the 2005/06 season.
After leaving school Fitzgerald has become a regular in the Leinster Magners League squad. He scored his first try for the province against Edinburgh in the Heineken Cup, having come on as a substitute in a game Leinster ultimately lost 25-24.
In October 2006 he was named in the Ireland squad for the Autumn series of internationals. After a strong performance against the 'Mid Week Wallabies" playing for Ireland A he won his first cap on November 26 2006 against the Pacific Islands. In doing so, he became the youngest player to play for Ireland in 29 years. He also became the 999th player to be capped for Ireland . Fitzgerald is regarded as an excellent player for Ireland's future and his progress will be carefully monitored by his coach Michael Cheika at Leinster.
His father Des Fitzgerald also played for Ireland.
After much public demand Fitzgerald was finally given a chance in the centre during Ireland's recent match with the Barbarians. He had a fine game putting in a lot of tackles, notably on Lesley Vainikolo and produced quick hands similar to those of Frederic Michalak. He was due to earn a second cap in the centre against the All Blacks. His centre partner would have been Brian O'Driscoll. He was forced to withdraw from this match due to an ankle injury.
This Is Our Chance ; Leading the Way: Luke Fitzgerald (Left) Is Set to Start against the All Blacks Next Week and Michael Bradley (Right) Will Be Hoping That Brian ODriscoll (above) Will Return in Time to Begin the Pairs Promising Partnership
May 29, 2008; Byline: SHANE McGRATH TWENTY-TWO daunting black jerseys await in Wellington in a weeks timebut Michael Bradley has given gritty...
Luke Fitzgerald: A Grand Slam winner and a Lion in 2009, he has slipped right down the pecking order. Really must make an impact against the French when he comes off the bench or else risks not making the cut.
Aug 19, 2011; Luke Fitzgerald: A Grand Slam winner and a Lion in 2009, he has slipped right down the pecking order. Really must make an impact...