Ireland Rugby Team Ranking.
IRELAND PROUDLY SITS AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD RUGBY RANKING. HERE WE LOOK AT THE GREAT JACK KYLE FROM THE 1948 TEAM.
Ireland proudly sit at the top of the World Rugby Rankings. Following their famous series victory over the All Blacks in New Zealand. They followed this up with a tight victory of the South African Springboks last weekend.
Their next opponents are Fiji are the visitors to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 12th November, Kick-Off 1.00pm. This will be only the fifth time that the two teams have met in a Test match. Ireland have won all four previous encounters. Most recently scraping past Fiji 23-20 during the 2017 autumn internationals.
Ireland Rugby Team of 1948 – Jack Kyle
High Ranking Fly Half Injury Created Opportunity
There was no family history in rugby. But Jack’s elder brother. Eric got an Irish trial and played for Ulster. His basic skills were learnt at Belfast Royal Academy. But, his talent emerged during his years as a medic at Queen’s University, Belfast. He played for the Ulster Schools at fullback. But, prominent Fly-Half Derek Monteith, broke a leg and Kyle switched to number 10. Kyle attributed his exceptional speed off the mark to his training methods. “I practised being fast over 25 yards,” he said, “and always carried the ball in training.”
Ireland Rugby Team 1948 Grand Slam
British Lions Rugby Team Legend
Ireland Rugby Team Ranking one of the greatest
Former Irish Times rugby correspondent Paul MacWeeney. Famously celebrated his virtuoso performance against France in a Five Nations Championship performance in 1953. With an amended version of ‘ The Scarlet Pimpernel’ –
They seek him here, they seek him there. Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. That paragon of pace and guile. That damned elusive Jackie Kyle.
Celebrating the 1948 Ireland Rugby Team
Jack Kyle was instrumental in steering Ireland to their first ever Five Nations Grand Slam. We celebrate this great achievement with our retro Ireland Rugby Shirt 1948 Grand Slam. In addition, you can view the retro footage of this unique group of Irish International Rugby players HERE.