Ireland Rugby Grand Slam Hero Jack Kyle.


Jack Kyle was the rugby giant of his time, but he is also so much more than a sporting legend.

1948 Ireland Rugby Grand Slam

He is best known for leading Ireland to a grand slam in the 1948 Five Nations Championship. Also, in 1950, Kyle was declared one of the six players of the year by the New Zealand Rugby Almanac.

In addition, Kyle is a member of the International Rugby Hall of Fame. And was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame before the two halls merged to form the current World Rugby Hall of Fame. He was named the Greatest Ever Irish Rugby Player. By the Irish Rugby Football Union in 2002.

While winning Ireland Rugby Grand Slam also studying to be a Doctor

Whilst he was winning a Grand Slam and touring with the Lions. Jack Kyle was also studying to be a doctor. When he retired from playing rugby. As the world’s most-capped player. His sense of adventure and medical ambition led him to settle in Chingola, Zambia. Where he spent the next thirty-four years of his life. For many years, he was the only medically trained surgeon in the town. And so faced many challenges, not least the appearance of and devastation caused by AIDS.

Written by his daughter, the book reveals he was so much more than a rugby player

Written as a series of conversations with his daughter, Justine, Conversations with My Father reveals Jack Kyle as a supremely gifted rugby player, a dedicated surgeon and a gentle family man.

What the papers said of  the 1948 Rugby Grand Slam Hero Jack Kyle Book

Lovingly crafted and well-written … this is so much more than a rugby book but then Jack Kyle was so much more than a rugby player – Irish Times
Much more than a sports book, this is a nostalgic look at a full life wisely lived – Irish Examiner
A man of unrivalled class, on and off the pitch – Irish Independent

Where to buy?

This excellent book can be purchased from Amazon HERE. Also, we offer some classic Irish Rugby Grand Slam-inspired clothing. Such as our Ireland Rugby Shirt 1948 Grand Slam.

Or, take a look at our full Retro Six Nations Rugby Collection HERE