Kurt McQuilkin originally hails from New Zealand and whilst travelling the world playing rugby he eventually settled in Ireland where he first joined and played for Bective Rangers F. C. where he made a name for himself as a hard running uncompromising centre and earned three International Caps. When Kurt captained Lansdowne 2 seasons in a row in 1997-98 and 1998–99, he was the first player to captain Lansdowne in successive years since Billy Sutherland in seasons 1940-41 and 1941-42.
McQuilkin also played professionally for Leinster, where he made 32 appearances, captaining the side to an Irish interprovincial championship in the 1997/98 season, as well as making 5 appearances for the Irish national team.
He went on to be appointed as defence coach for Leinster and was a key member of the coaching team under Michael Cheika that guided Leinster to their first European Cup in 2009, with the performance away to Harlequins being considered amongst one of the best defensive displays by a Leinster team in recent history.
McQuilkin left Leinster after the 2009/2010 season, however he returned to the club again as defence coach for the beginning of the 2015/16 season.