Position: Back Row
|Date Of Birth||22/05/1919 (98)|
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 time s for Ireland, he played 14 times at squash and was a Welsh hockey international and tennis reserve.
Born in Dublin, he moved to Scotland and had spells of living in London and Cardiff.
He won his first Irish cap at the age of 28 against England in 1948, and was captain for five games in 1951/52.
He joined Cardiff in 1950/51 playing 31 matches and was asked to captain the side in 1952/53, he declined and retired from the game. He then 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.
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