Player

Des O'Brien - Back Row

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
Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3