Tuesday 27 September 2016

Game mourns 1948 Grand Slam star Reid

Published 09/01/2016 | 02:30

Former Irish Rugby International and Grand Slam winner Paddy Reid (Don Moloney/Press 22)
Former Irish Rugby International and Grand Slam winner Paddy Reid (Don Moloney/Press 22)

Paddy Reid, a key member of Ireland's 1948 Grand Slam team, has passed away aged 91.

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The Limerick native made his debut against Australia on the 1947 tour, before scoring a try on his second cap in the famous win over France at the Stade Colombes on New Year's Day.

That got the ball rolling for one of Ireland's most memorable seasons and the Garryowen outside-centre played his part in the win over England at Twickenham and the clinching victory over Wales at Ravenhill.

For decades, Jack Kyle's side remained the only team to achieve the clean sweep until Brian O'Driscoll's side's won their Grand Slam under Declan Kidney in 2009.

Reid would win no more caps, as he changed codes and became a semi-professional rugby league player for Huddersfield and Halifax, playing in front of 90,000 people in the 1949 Challenge Cup final.

After retiring from rugby, returned home to Limerick and worked for Beamish and Crawford.

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