Syd Millar

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Syd Millar
Full name John Sydney Millar
Date of birth (1934-05-23) 23 May 1934 (age 80)
Place of birth Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Ballymena RFC
Barbarians FC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)

John Sydney "Syd" Millar, CBE, MBE[1] (born 23 May 1934) was an Irish rugby union prop who played international rugby for Ireland and the British Lions.[2] After retiring from playing rugby he became a rugby coach and later rugby administrator, becoming chairman of the Irish Rugby Union in 1995 and from 2003 until 2007 was the chairman of the International Rugby Board.[3]

Rugby career[edit]

Millar was born in Ballymena and previously played for Ballymena RFC and represented Ireland in the pack, winning 37 caps as a prop. In addition, he played nine times for the British and Irish Lions. Millar also coached the successful 1974 British Lions tour to South Africa and managed the 1980 British Lions tour to South Africa. Before becoming involved with rugby union's governing body, he served as manager of the Irish national side at the 1987 World Cup and as head of the Irish Rugby Union. Millar stepped down from his post following the 2007 World Cup.

On 12 December 2007 Millar was awarded the Légion d'honneur, France's highest decoration, at a ceremony in Ballymena Rugby Club, by Bernard Lapasset, his successor as IRB Chairman.[4]


  1. ^ "Rugby chief Millar awarded a CBE"
  2. ^ "Syd Millar player profile". Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "A Millar's Tale". BBC Sport. 11 December 2007. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Millar receives French Accolade"

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