With the Heineken Champions Cup & the Challenge Cup on this weekend, we decided to look at the involvement of players who played AIL for Dolphin over the past 20 years.

This will cover the players who have played in either competition.


How many played Heineken Cup or Challenge Cup  –  18


Danny Barnes   (Munster)                                      Julien Brugnaut                              James Coughlan Munster & Pau                                                              Munster, Racing 92, Brive,Dax Montpellier.



James Cronin   Munster                                Sean Dougall Munster & Pau          Denis Hurley  Munster


Justin Melck                     Peter McCabe  Connacht         Dave O’Callaghan    Munster              Tomás O’Leary

Munster & Saracens                                                                                                               Munster, London Irish Montpellier


Darren O’Shea      Munster                   Dave Ryan                                  Paddy Ryan                 Niall Scannell  Munster

Munster, Zebre, Agen                       Viadana, Newcastle

Rory Scannell     Munster                                         Brian Scott    Munster                         Darren Sweetnam Munster


Darragh O’Mahony Saracens

(Leinster was pre 2000)

Who made the most appearances.

Heineken Cup ; Denis Hurley          Challenge Cup ; Julien Brugnaut        Combined ; Julien Brugnaut.

Players who have made over 30 appearances.

  • 48 – Julien Brugnaut  33 + 15 (Challenge Cup)
  • 40 – Denis Hurley
  • 39 – James Coughlan 34 + 5
  • 35 – Rory Scannell
  • 33 – Niall Scannell
  • 32 – James Cronin

Who appeared for the most teams

Julien Brugnaut

Heineken Cup –  Munster, Racing 92

Challenge Cup- Brive, Dax, Montpellier.

Most Tries Scored –  5

Tomás O’Leary + Denis Hurley

Worst disciplinary record

The only reason we included this is because, overall the level of discipline has been very good. Just four players have received cards, one yellow card each. They are

  • Julien Brugnaut
  • James Cronin
  • Niall Scannell
  • Justin Melck