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OUR AMBASSADORS Meet the biggest supports of the Tackle Your Feelings campaign.



CJ Stander

In 2012 CJ joined Munster from the Super 15 side The Bulls and immediately made an impact scoring two tries on his first start against Glasgow Warriors. After qualifying through residency CJ made his debut for Ireland in 2016 against Wales and marked the occasion with a man of the match performance. CJ finished the season as the IRUPA Players' Player of the Year and the Supporters' Player of the Year, and in doing so, became the first ever player to receive the double-honour in the same year. In 2017, Stander was also selected for the British and Irish Lions. He has made over 100 appearances for Munster and has helped Ireland to a Six Nations Championship, Grand Slam and Triple Crown.


John Cooney

We are delighted to announce John Cooney as a TYF ambassador. John has been making waves at Ulster since he joined the side from Connacht in 2017 and has become a firm fan favourite in the northern province. Hailing from Dublin, John started his career with Leinster where he won a Heineken Cup medal and European Challenge Cup medal.
John has had a distinguished career playing for Ireland at all levels including U-18s, U-20s, Emerging Ireland and as part of the senior team.
As a TYF ambassador, John talks about setting goals and visualising these goals. He talks about training as if you were there, which was a technique he employed to get his first cap for Ireland and get him through some difficult times.


Jack Carty

Jack Carty is a rugby union player from Ireland. Having started out with his hometown club, Buccaneers, he currently plays for the team of his native province of Connacht in the Pro14, having come through the team's academy. He is Connacht's record points scorer in the Pro14. In his early career with Connacht, Jack played with the Connacht Eagles, playing in the British and Irish Cup. Despite still being in the Connacht academy, Carty made his first appearance for the senior Connacht team on 21 September 2012. In the 2013–14 season, Carty regularly served as the team's captain. Jack has represented Ireland at all levels internationally. Jack is our latest TYF ambassador and is hoping to encourage people to look at how fortunate they are.


Eimear Considine

Eimear was born in Kilmihil, Co. Clare and works as a teacher. Eimear made her debut for Munster in December 2016. Kilmihil’s Considine has also lined out for the Irish Sevens that missed out on qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics. A former dual player for the Clare camogie and ladies football teams, Eimear has only been playing rugby for over a year now. She’s made her mark on the sport and is also lining out with UL Bohemians who have eleven representatives included in the matchday twenty-three. Eimear is one of our most involved school ambassadors for TYF and is working to encourage people to look after themselves and take control of their mental health.


Stuart McCloskey

A student of Bangor Grammar School, McCloskey made his breakthrough to the Ulster senior setup in the 2013/14 season. A powerful ball carrier, McCloskey is mainly deployed at inside centre and has always been considered as a huge talent in Irish Rugby. Known for his physical stature and powerful running, he had spells at scrum half and out-half during his schools career before gaining the size in his late teens that marked him out as a big ball-carrying centre. After a great start to the season in the 15/16 campaign, McCloskey was chosen in Ireland's 6 Nations squad in 2016. He won his solitary Irish cap in the 2016 Six Nations Championship playing in midfield against England. In May 2016, Stuart signed a contract extension with Ulster until 2019. Stuart was selected in the Ireland squad for the opening two rounds of the 6 Nations. Stuart is now helping TYF to launch the school app and help promote awareness around mental wellbeing.


James Lowe

James Lowe is a fun-loving Kiwi who arrived in Ireland in 2017. James quickly endeared himself to the Irish rugby faithful through a series of energetic performances, characterised by the unrelenting smile across his face. During his time with Leinster the province has won the Pro 14 twice, in 2018 & 2019, and the European Cup in 2018. It has been a dream start to his new life in Dublin for Lowe. James’s distinguished rugby career boasts of caps for the Super Rugby club The Chiefs and the renowned Maori All Blacks. His enthusiasm for the game can be seen every time he runs out on the pitch making him a firm fan favourite.
As a TYF ambassador, James is an advocate for gaining perspective & trying to find a positive in every situation. He encourages people to stop and take a step back from the tough times to help gain perspective of the overall picture. Using this method has helped him to really appreciate the positives even when he is finding a situation challenging.


Darren Cave

A real attacking talent, Cave was another young player who has come up through the Ulster Academy system and upgraded his development contract to a full contract with Ulster ahead of the start of the 2008–09 season. He is a strong runner and tackling centre who has made a rapid progression at international level, having helped Ireland win the Grand Slam during 2007 Six Nations Under 20s Championship, starred in Ireland's Rugby World Cup Sevens qualification and he has represented Ireland 'A' as they won the 2009 Churchill Cup.

As a returning TYF ambassador, Darren is an advocate for making conversations about mental wellbeing a normal part of everyday life. He encourages people to stop and take a step back to get some perspective in order to focus on the how fortunate you are and all the good things in your life. This has helped him to move on from his regrets and focus on his mental wellbeing.


Meet some of our app ambassadors.

Joey Carbery
CJ Stander
John Cooney
Tom Daly
Sean O’Brien
Greg O’Shea
Eoin McKeown
Jack Carty
James Lowe