Player

Des O'Brien - Back row

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Des O'Brien
Date Of Birth22/05/1919
ClubsCardiff, London Irish
HonoursIreland
ManagedBritish and Irish Lions
Desmond Joseph O Brien was born in Dublin in 1919, he was one of the greatest back-row forwards of his era and one of Irelands all time sportsman. As well as being capped 20 times for Ireland, he played 14 internationals at squash, was a Welsh hockey international and tennis reserve. He won his first Irish cap at the age of 28 against England in 1948, and was captain for five games in 1951 - 52. Joining Cardiff in 1950 - 51 he played 31 matches and was asked to captain the side the following season, he declined and retired from the game. After retiring from rugby he went on to play hockey and was captain of the Cardiff hockey club and represented Wales.
In 1966 Desmond was manager of the British Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand.
He died in 2005 aged 86 in Midlothian, Scotland.
SEASON P W D L TRY CON PEN DG PTS
1950-1951 17 12 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
1951-1952 14 9 2 3 1 0 0 0 3
TOTAL 31 21 4 6 1 0 0 0 3
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 16 13 0 3 396 243 61
Carmarthen Quins 17 10 3 4 372 278 54
Aberavon 16 11 0 5 371 272 53
Llandovery 16 9 2 5 344 285 48
Pontypridd 18 10 0 8 394 376 47
Merthyr 18 8 0 10 362 374 44
RGC 1404 17 8 1 8 409 381 43
Newport 15 7 0 8 294 278 37
Swansea 17 7 0 10 246 292 35
Llanelli 15 6 0 9 293 412 27
Ebbw Vale 17 4 2 11 283 351 27
Bridgend Ravens 18 3 0 15 271 493 19