Full name John Wilson Kyle
Born February 10, 1926, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died November 27, 2014, Co.Down, Northern Ireland (aged 88 years 290 days)
Major teams British and Irish Lions, Ireland, Ireland XV
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|Test debut||Ireland v France at Lansdowne Road, Jan 25, 1947 match details|
|Last Test||Ireland v Scotland at Lansdowne Road, Mar 1, 1958 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Irish fly-half Jackie Kyle is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest to ever pull on the green shirt. During the 1940s and 1950s his brilliance lit up the Irish back-line, helping them to a Five Nations Grand Slam in 1948. Kyle played all four games of Ireland's clean sweep before helping them to a Triple Crown the following year.
Kyle was also a distinguished British and Irish Lion, touring Australia and New Zealand in 1950. Kyle played in 20 of the 29 games on tour including all six Test matches. He had an influential part to play in a 9-9 draw with the All Blacks and also scored a try in a 24-3 win over Australia.
Following his retirement Kyle followed a humanitarian path, serving for 35 years as a surgeon in Zambia before returning to Ireland and settling in County Down. In 1999 he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame and in 2008 he was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame.