Peter Stringer’s international debut came on the same day as club mate John Hayes in 2000 and went on to establish himself as first choice scrum half.. His talents were spotted as a schoolboy in Presentation Cork and in 1996 he was a member of the Ireland School squad and subsequently toured Australia with them. Whilst studying in UCC he played for the Combined Provinces coming on as a replacement against South Africa and later that season he made his U/21 debut against France. The following season he joined Shannon and soon made his provincial debut against Leinster. His rapid progression to the National side came in 2000 where he was selected as a squad member for the game against England. In the subsequent aftermath of that game wholesale changes were made and a fortnight he made his full debut International debut against Scotland. An almost constant presence in the Ireland No.9 jersey for 10 years saw him amass 98 caps, but it would appear that the elusive 100th cap will evade him after he was overlooked for the WRC 2011.