Mattie Donnelly has serious competition for the biggest biceps in Irish sport 5 years ago

Mattie Donnelly has serious competition for the biggest biceps in Irish sport

For the longest time, Kieran McGeeney was top dog.

There was no title but there were also no arguments. Everybody knew.


Paul Galvin and Kieran McGeeney 5/8/2006

McGeeney's retirement left a chasm that was eventually filled by the rampaging Tyrone forward Mattie Donnelly.

Donnelly's gym sessions - such as besting the 100kg prowler push - are the stuff of legend and the effects are noticeable.


Roscommon's Cathal Dineen was voted GAA's most ripped player, last year, but nobody could deny Donnelly in one department.


His position was unchallenged for months upon months until Munster brought in a South African on a short-term contract and made us think again.

Jaco Taute (Munster)

It was following Munster's 38-0 victory over Leicester Tigers, and his two-try performance in that effort, that we were selecting a main story image. We typed in 'Jaco Taute' into Inpho Photography's search engine and this popped up.

Jaco Taute 10/12/2016


Having arrived in mid September, the South African has taken to Irish rugby with stunning rapidity.

He just gets Munster Rugby.

Jaco Taute split

The arms of a lumberjack, surely, not an outside centre. Taute's Instagram page confirms he has been pumped for rugby since making his professional breakthrough.


Munster fans have been rapt by Taute's performances this season and the province could certainly do with his brawn, and attacking nous, as they challenge for titles on two fronts this season.

Taute is not the only one threatening Donnelly's reign.

Lee Chin (Wexford)

Defined but definitely up there.

Lee Chin 1

Pure, prime Wexford beef.

Padraic Maher (Tipperary)

You need some timber to swing the ash.

Liam Blanchfield with Padraic Maher 4/9/2016

Padraic gets it.

Padraic Maher celebrates 4/9/2016

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich & Ireland)

This Euro 2016 came as somewhat of a surprise to many football fans.

But anyone that followed Hoolahan's career closely would have known he puts in the hard work.

Hoolahan split

Word of mention for Shay Given too...

Given bicep

Top, top work.