Des O'Brien

Des O'Brien

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.

Playing Summary
  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  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  23/09/1950 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  04/11/1950 Bridgend Ravens N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 12  
  11/11/1950 Newport N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  18/11/1950 Leicester Tigers N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 6  
  02/12/1950 Gloucester Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 9  
  30/12/1950 Northumberland N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 10  
  01/01/1951 Watsonians N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  20/01/1951 Bath Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 11  
  17/02/1951 Newport N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  17/03/1951 Coventry N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  24/03/1951 Barbarians N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 3  
  31/03/1951 Plymouth Albion N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 3  
  07/04/1951 Aberavon N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  14/04/1951 Blackheath N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 12  
  21/04/1951 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 27 - 6  
  23/04/1951 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  28/04/1951 Pontypool N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  06/10/1951 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  10/10/1951 Gloucester Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 3  
  13/10/1951 Wasps N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 11  
  20/10/1951 South Africa N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 11  
  27/10/1951 Cambridge University FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 13  
  03/11/1951 Oxford University N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 8  
  10/11/1951 Rosslyn Park N8 1 0 0 0 3 D 11 - 11  
  15/12/1951 Newport N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  29/12/1951 Coventry N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  05/01/1952 Moseley N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  16/02/1952 Penarth N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 0  
  15/03/1952 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 11  
  05/04/1952 Bridgend Ravens N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  26/04/1952 Pontypool N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 11  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Ireland 20 12 2 6 1 0 0 0 3  
Clubs: - London Irish - Cardiff -
Honours: - Ireland -

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