NAME: Gavin Coombes

DOB: 11/12/1997

POSITION: Number eight / flanker

DEBUT: v Cheetahs, 1 Sep 2018

The Skibbereen powerhouse scored a club-record 15 tries in just 22 games during his breakthrough season in 2020/21, and looks ready-made to fill the long-term void after CJ Stander's retirement.

The province’s Player of Year earned his first two Irish caps in the summer of 2021, scoring his first try in the win against the USA in July.