(Reuters) – Former Ireland full back Tom Kiernan has died on the age of 83, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) mentioned on Thursday.
Kiernan performed 54 instances for Ireland between 1960 and 1973, with 24 of these caps coming as captain, and retired because the nation’s most-capped participant on the time.
He kicked the profitable rating in Ireland’s first-ever win over South Africa in 1965, and captained the primary Irish staff to win a take a look at in Australia in 1967.
Kiernan additionally made 5 appearances for the British and Irish Lions, main them in a tour of South Africa in 1968.
Following his retirement, Kiernan coached the Ireland nationwide staff and membership facet Munster, in addition to serving because the president of the IRFU and director of the 1999 Rugby World Cup.
“Tom was an inspirational chief each on and off the pitch and he helped to form rugby into the robust and vibrant sport it’s right this moment,” IRFU president Des Kavanagh mentioned.
“Tom’s life shall be mirrored upon at our matches this weekend, and his legacy will reside lengthy within the historical past of Irish rugby.”
(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru, modifying by Pritha Sarkar)