Jack Kyle

  • Born
  • John Wilson Kyle on 10th January 1926 in Belfast
  • Education
  • Belfast Royal Academy and Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Clubs
  • QUB, North of Ireland
  • Provincial
  • Ulster
  • International
  • Ireland 46 caps
  • British Lions 6 Tests
  • Rugby Highlights
  • Played first game for Ireland against a British Army XV during WW2 at Ravenhill
  • Made debut against France in 1947 at age of 21 years
  • Achievements
  • Grand Slam Champions in 1948
  • Triple Crown winners in 1949
  • Scored a great try against the French at Ravenhill which led to him being called the ‘Pimpernel’.
  • Grand Slam Champions in 1948
  • Declared one of the six Players of the Year by the New Zealand Rugby Almanac in 1950
  • Inducted in International Rugby Hall of Fame in 1999
  • Named Greatest Ever Irish Rugby Player by the Irish Rugby Football Union in 2002
  • Inducted into Irish Rugby Branch Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Awarded an OBE
  • Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by the Irish Journal of Medical Science and the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland