Ireland legend Kyle passes away

Date published: November 28 2014

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IRB Hall of Fame inductee and former Ireland and Lions fly-half Jack Kyle has passed away at the age of 88, according to the BBC.

IRB Hall of Fame inductee and former Ireland and Lions fly-half Jack Kyle has passed away at the age of 88, according to the BBC.

Named as Ireland’s greatest ever player by the IRFU in 2002, Kyle won 46 caps for Ireland and six for the British and Irish Lions in the 1940s and 1950s.

Kwas born in Belfast on 10th January 1926 and was educated at Belfast Royal Academy and studied medicine at Queen’s University.

He played for Queen’s, North and Ulster and made his Ireland debut during the second world war in a friendly against a British Army XV.

He won 46 full caps for Ireland, scoring 24 points including seven tries.

The highlight of his career was winning the triple-crown with Ireland in the 1948 Five Nations Championship.

He represented the Lions on their tour to New Zealand and Australia in 1950. He played in 20 of 29 games including all six tests.

After retiring from club rugby in 1963, Kyle embarked on humanitarian work in Sumatra and Indonesia. Between 1966 and 2000 he worked as a surgeon in Zambia.

Kyle returned to Northern Ireland and settled in Seaford, County Down.

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