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Shane Patrick Horgan (born 18 July, 1978 in Bellewstownmarker near Droghedamarker), County Meathmarker is a rugby union player who plays wing or centre for Leinster and Ireland. He is 6'4"/1.93 m tall. While he was young he played for Boyne RFC. He also played Gaelic football at Minor (U18) level with Meath.

Horgan joined Lansdowne on leaving school (St. Mary's Dio., Drogheda) in 1997, making his debut for Leinster in 1998. To date has played for the province 52 times in the Heineken Cup scoring 18 tries and a drop goal for a combined total of 93 points. He is currently part of a Leinster backline which includes the likes of Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Girvan Dempsey, Rob Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald.

He made his debut for the Ireland senior side against Scotland in the 2000 Six Nations Championship, scoring a try in the process. In the following game against Italy he scored 2 tries and added another one against Wales during the tournament. Since then he has been a regular starter for Ireland, either at wing or centre. He was selected for the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. He was used as a substitute during all three tests. After scoring the winning try against England in Twickenham in the 2006 Six Nations Championship to secure the Triple Crown for the second time in three years, he became a new national hero. Shane is known by the Irish media and rugby fans as "Shaggy".

Horgan has three older sisters Maria, Sharon (comedian and writer Sharon Horgan), and Lorraine (actor) and one younger brother, Mark.

In December 2000 Horgan pleaded guilty to assault.

Horgan also studied law at Portobello College Dublin


  1. "Top rugby star admits to nightclub assault charge", Irish Independent, December 13, 2000.
  2. "Horgan pleads guilty of assaulting night club doorman", RTÉ, December 12, 2000.

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