Tom Kiernan

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Tom Kiernan
Personal information
Full name Thomas Joseph Kiernan
Date of birth (1939-01-07) January 7, 1939 (age 77)
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Relatives Mike Kiernan (nephew)
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)
Cork Constitution
UC Cork
Cork Constitution
Representative teams
5 (35)
59 (193)
Professional clubs coached
1978 Munster
* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only.

Thomas Joseph Kiernan (born 7 January 1939) is a former Ireland international rugby union player.[1] He won 54 caps for Ireland as a full-back between 1960 and 1973 and captained his country 24 times. At the time of his retirement he was Ireland's most-capped player, most experienced captain and record scorer in international with 158 points. He captained the 1968 British Lions tour to South Africa, playing in all four internationals against South Africa. His nephew, Mike Kiernan, also played for Ireland and the Lions. Tom was also the Munster team coach for their famous victory over the All Blacks in 1978.


  • Griffiths, John (1987). The Phoenix Book of International Rugby Records. London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. ISBN 0-460-07003-7. 
  1. ^ "Decision to jettison Maggs creates problem for backline". Irish Independent. 22 February 2004. 
Preceded by
Noel Murphy
Irish national rugby coach
Succeeded by
Willie John McBride