Sunday 8 December 2019

Irish rugby legend Jack Kyle dies at the age of 88

Irish rugby legend Jack Kyle has died at the age of 88.

Fly-half Kyle won 46 caps for Ireland and guided his country to the Five Nations Grand Slam for the first time in 1948. It would be 61 years later before Ireland would win another Grand Slam, when Brian O'Driscoll led the team to glory in Cardiff in front of the watching Kyle.

In 2002, the Belfast man was voted the greatest ever Irish player.

A slick number 10, Kyle was highly regarded in the rugby world and today Ronan O'Gara led the tributes, when he tweeted: "On Friday morning, Ireland's record points scorer Ronan O'Gara said on Twitter: "It was great to have shared the day with Jack Kyle in Cardiff. A thorough gentleman. Deepest sympathies to his loved ones."

Kyle played six times for the Lions with the first of his caps coming on the tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1950.

Jack Kyle will be remembered as one of Ireland's greatest ever rugby players.

Born on January 26 in Belfast, Kyle went to Belfast Royal Academy and continued his education studying medicine at Queen's University.

After his illustrious playing career, Kyle worked for over 30 years as a consultant surgeon in Zambia before returning to retire in his native Northern Ireland.

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