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Jack Kyle

Jack Kyle

DOB10th Jan 1926
BirthplaceBelfast
PositionOutside half
HonoursIreland / Lions

One tour, 6 Tests, 1950

(1950: 6 Tests)

Jack Kyle was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 1999, was named the Greatest Ever Irish Rugby Player by the Irish Rugby Football Union in 2002 and in 2008 he was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame. There are some judges in New Zealand and Australia who would rate him the Lions' greatest as well. In 1950, the 24-year-old Kyle was at his peak and a sufficiently complete all-round footballer to be named alongside team-mate Ken Jones among New Zealand Rugby Almanac's six players of the year.

The Belfast-born stand-off was an elusive runner, electric over 20 yards and possessing both a side-step and body swerve that left opponents flailing at thin air in his wake. He was also a fine judge of a kick and a better tackler than he gave himself credit for.

That combination of speed and skill had earned Ireland their only Grand Slam in 1948 and gave him celebrity status in New Zealand two years later. Kyle thrived in the company of the likes of Jack Matthews and Bleddyn Williams in the centres, returning the compliment with the time and space in which his habit of playing on the gain-line gave those outside him.
Perhaps his finest display came in the first Test, which the Lions drew 9-9 before narrowly losing the final three. Of the Lions' nine points, Kyle scored three himself with an exhilarating try and had a hand in all the others.

The Queen's University man created a try for Jones with an accurate punt that proved too cute for the great All Blacks full-back Bob Scott to deal with and also put in the long kick that yielded a penalty converted by John Robins.

Kyle's own try saw him counter-attack from a miscued kick, slicing through the New Zealand rearguard, swerving past Scott and having sufficient strength to shrug off a desperate cover tackle and cross the line. He also scored a try in the 24-3 defeat of Australia in the second leg of that tour to confirm the reputation he had already earned in front of the toughest rugby judges of all.

Current Season Stats

Date Opposition Tries Conv DG Pen YC RC Pts Mins
13/05/1950
Buller








16/05/1950
West Coast
3





9

20/05/1950
Otago
1





3

27/05/1950
New Zealand
1





3

31/05/1950
South Canterbury








03/06/1950
Canterbury








10/06/1950
New Zealand








17/06/1950
Hawkes Bay
1





3

24/06/1950
Wellington








01/07/1950
New Zealand








08/07/1950
Taranaki








15/07/1950
Waikato/King Ctry/T Valley








19/07/1950
North Auckland








22/07/1950
Auckland








29/07/1950
New Zealand








02/08/1950
New Zealand Maori








12/08/1950
NSW Waratahs








19/08/1950
Australia








26/08/1950
Australia
1





3

18/09/1950
Ceylon








Total Played 20 7
0
0
0
0
0
21
0

Previous Season Stats

CompetitionTeamPlayedTriesConvDGPenYCRCPts
1949-1950 - British & Irish Lions Tour
British & Irish Lions
20
7





21
1949-1950 Total

20
7





21
Total - British & Irish Lions Tour

20
7





21
Total

20
7
0
0
0
0
0
21
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