Connacht’s Michael Swift will earn his 200th cap for the Province when he lines out this weekend against Edinburgh, becoming the 1st player in Connacht’s history to reach this milestone.
Born in London in 1977, “Swifty” played for Richmond as a flanker before spending a season at Leeds Tykes. He joined Connacht in 2000 and earned his 1st cap for the Province against Ulster that year whilst also playing for Galwegians RFC in the All Ireland League.
The following year was the first of the Celtic League and over the past 11 seasons, and 3 league name changes, Swift has made 130 appearances in the competition, just 5 behind all-time league cap holder Deiniol Jones of the Cardiff Blues.
He earned his 100th cap for Connacht against Montpellier in December 2006, becoming the 5th Connacht player to do so and in 2009 he earned his 100th league cap against the Cardiff Blues.
With 62 caps in the European Challenge Cup and 30 points scored, Michael Swift has played in the competition more times than any other player. He scored a try against Bourgoin in Connacht’s 2010 Amlin Challenge Cup quarter final victory at the Sportsground and has won numerous Man of the Match awards.
In 2010 Michael Swift was honoured with the Galway Bay FM Sports Award for Rugby, the same year he scored one of Connacht Rugby’s most memorable tries in their 27 13 victory over Leinster in the Sportsground.
The 6’5”, 119kg secondrow shows no sign of slowing down and remains a regular fixture in Eric Elwood’s Connacht squad.