Friday 23 March 2018

Two current players make Welsh media outlet's all-time Ireland XV

Brian O'Driscoll celebrates with Jack Kyle in 2009. Both men make the side.
Brian O'Driscoll celebrates with Jack Kyle in 2009. Both men make the side.

Wales Online has picked it's all-time Irish XV and to be fair, they have selected an unbelievable set of backs and forwards.

The team spans from the Grand Slam winning side of 1946 right up to the present day side seeking to emulate the amazing feat of Jack Kyle and co.

Here is the side:

15. Tom Kiernan (1960-73)

Skippered the Lions Tour of South Africa in 1968 and coached Munster to their famous win over the All Blacks in 1978.

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Tom Kiernan

14. Tommy Bowe (2004-present)

Trails only Brian O'Driscoll in Ireland's tryscoring list and will be forever remembered for his try in Cardiff as Ireland secured the Grand Slam in 2009.

27 February 2010; Ireland's Tommy Bowe celebrates scoring his second and his side's third and winning try against England. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, England v Ireland, Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

13. Brian O’Driscoll (1999-2014)

Quite simply the greatest outside centre of his generation... and maybe of any.

27 February 2005; Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll celebrates scoring his sides first try against England in our 19-13 win. RBS Six Nations Championship 2005, Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

12. Mike Gibson (1964-79)

Made 12 appearances for the British and Irish Lions and is renowned as one of the most evasive runners the game has ever seen.
1972: Mike Gibson helped Ireland beat France 24 - 14.

11. Tony O’Reilly (1955-70)

A Rolls Royce of a player who enjoyed a playing career spanning 15 years with Ireland.

Tony O’Reilly scoring a try for the Lions in South Africa in 1955

10. Jack Kyle (1946-58)

One of the greatest outhalves the world has ever seen. His class on and off the field was remembered last year when he sadly passed away.

Jack Kyle playing for Ireland

9. Roger Young (1965-71)

As tough as nails, Young always played with distinction for both Ireland and the Lions.

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9 March 1968; Roger Young, Ireland, kicks forward against Wales. Five Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Wales, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; Connolly Collection / SPORTSFILE

1. Ray McLoughlin (1962-75)

Hailed by former Wales flanker John Taylor as ‘one of the best technicians the game has ever known’.

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10 February 1973; From right, J Pullin, Johnny Moloney (9), Roger Uttley, Tom Grace, Ray McLoughlin, Fran Cotton. Ireland v England, Five Nations Rugby Championship, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; Connolly Collection / SPORTSFILE

(Ray McLoughlin, far left)

2. Keith Wood (1994-2003)

Still holds the record for the most try scored by an international hooker and is one of the best number 2's of all time.

Keith Wood was honoured by Haven today

3. Syd Millar (1958-70)

The former chairman of the IRB was a fine player but will forever be known coaching the 'Invincibles'  in 1974 and managing the Lions in 1980.

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International Rugby Board Chairman Dr Syd Millar speaks during a news conference in Paris, Monday Oct. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

4. Willie John McBride (1962-75)

One of the true greats of the game, Willie John McBride's name will be known for as long as rugby exists.
1968: Willie John McBride wins the ball from the line-out during their Five Nations clash with Wales, Wales lost 6 - 9 against Ireland.

5. Paul O’Connell (2002-present)

The Limerick colossus continues to push boundaries and his insistence on perfection inspires those around him.

Ireland's Paul O'Connell and Johnny Sexton (left) celebrate during the RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium

6. John O’Driscoll (1978-86)

One of the most courageous players to pull on a green jersey and a key part of Ireland's Triple Crown success in 1982.

19 February 1983; John O'Driscoll, Ireland. Five Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v France, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

7. Fergus Slattery (1970-84)

Blessed with speed and poise. “He was a ‘put another battery in type of player - non stop’,” said the great Gareth Edwards.

8 December 1982; Fergus Slattery, Irish Rugby, Picture credit; Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE.

8. Willie Duggan (1975-84)

He was famously smoking a cigarette while running onto the pitch to face France. One of the great character of the game.

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March 1983. Willie Duggan , Ireland. Rugby. Five Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Wales, Cardiff Arms Park. Picture credit; Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE

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