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Saturday 3 December 2016

Passing of Mick English

Published 28/04/2010 | 05:00

Mick English, the first Bohemians RFC player to be capped for Ireland and bestower of one of the sport's most memorable one-liners, has died in Dublin aged 77 after a short illness.

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English won 16 caps for Ireland, from his 1958 debut against Wales to his final game against New Zealand five years later. After leaving Limerick, he subsequently became a popular member of the Lansdowne RFC fraternity.

Were it not for the presence of a certain Jack Kyle and Mike Gibson, English would surely have won more caps.

One of his most memorable appearances for his province came against the All Blacks in 1963, when a gallant Munster team lost 6-3.

'Mick the Kick' was selected for the 1959 Lions to tour Australia, New Zealand and Canada, but his tour was cut short due to injury.

He was responsible for one of the most famous quotes in rugby. After English international Phil Horrocks-Taylor scored a dazzling try, he said later: "Every time I went to tackle him, Horrocks went one way, Taylor went the other and all I got was the bloody hyphen."

Mick was the dearly loved husband of Pauline and loving father of Michele, Conor and John. His removal will take place tomorrow evening from Carnegie's Funeral Home, The Crescent, Monkstown, to St John the Baptist Church, Blackrock, arriving at 5.0. Funeral on Friday, after 11.0 Mass, to Shanganagh Cemetery. DK

Irish Independent

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