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Conor Carey

Conor Carey
Birth nameConor Carey
Date of birth (1991-09-26) 26 September 1991 (age 27)
Place of birthEaling, England
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight122 kg (19 st 3 lb)
SchoolMethodist College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Tighthead Prop
Current team Connacht
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ealing Trailfinders
Correct as of 27 Dec 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 Ireland U20 6 (0)
Correct as of 30 June 2011

Conor Carey (born 26 September 1991) is an English-born Irish professional rugby union player. He primarily plays as a prop. Carey currently plays for Connacht.

Early life

Carey was born in Ealing in London. He was raised in the area for two years, before his parents moved to Hong Kong, and then Wales before eventually settling in Belfast, Northern Ireland.[1]

Carey attended Methodist College in Belfast.[2] He played for the school's rugby side and was part of the team that won the Ulster Schools' Cup in 2008 and 2009. Carey played club rugby with Ballymena in his youth, but also played for Ballynahinch in the All-Ireland League, winning Division 1B with the team in 2013.[3]

Carey was also part of the Ulster youth set up. He played for the province at under-18, under-19 and under-20 levels, spending three years in the province's system.[4]

Rugby career


Ealing Trailfinders

Having failed to make an appearance for the Ulster senior team, Carey joined English Championship side Ealing Trailfinders in 2013, having been born in Ealing and lived there for two years.[1] The team had been promoted from the National League 1 in the previous season. Carey was named as a replacement for the opening game of the season against London Scottish,[5] making his debut from the bench after 58 minutes.[6] He made a total of 23 appearances for the Trailfinders during the course of the season,[3] but Ealing finished bottom of the 2013–14 Championship and were relegated back to National League 1.


Despite Ealing's relegation, Carey impressed enough to earn a move to Nottingham.[7] Carey made his debut on the opening day of the 2014–15 Championship, coming on as a replacement against Bedford Blues after 75 minutes.[8] He went on to feature in all 22 of Nottingham's Championship matches for the season, starting 17 of these.[9]


It was announced in March 2016 that Carey had signed a deal with Irish provincial side Connacht and would join them ahead of the 2016–17 season. He was signed as a replacement for outgoing Irish international, Rodney Ah You.[10]


Carey has represented Ireland at under-age international level. He was capped at under-18 and under-19 level,[10] before being named in the Ireland under-20 squad for the 2011 Six Nations Under 20s Championship. Carey made his debut as a replacement against Italy on 4 February 2011, and started the following week against France.


  1. ^ a b "Carey aiming to make up for lost time against Exiles". Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club. 27 February 2014. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  2. ^ "It's best foot forward for magical Methody". The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Conor Carey". Esportif International. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  4. ^ "New contract for Heffernan & incoming tighthead Conor Carey". Connacht Rugby. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Promotion winning duo given chance against Pirates". Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Championship 13/14 Match overview Ealing Trailfinders VS London Scottish". StatBunker. 27 September 2013. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Nottingham Rugby sign Conor Carey from Ealing Trailfinders". Nottingham Post. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Nottingham v Bedford Blues". Bedford Blues. 6 September 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Conor Carey Record by competition Championship 14/15". StatBunker. Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Connacht sign Irish tighthead Carey from English outfit Nottingham". The42. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.

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