Tom Kiernan

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Full name Thomas Joseph Kiernan
Date of birth (1939-01-07) January 7, 1939 (age 78)
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Notable relative(s) Mike Kiernan (nephew)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1950s-1960
1958-1973
1960-1963
1963-1970s
Cork Constitution
Munster
UC Cork
Cork Constitution
()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1962-1968
1960-1973
Lions
 Ireland
5
59
((35)
(193))
Teams coached
Years Team
1978 Munster

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.

References[edit]

  • 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
1980-1983
Succeeded by
Willie John McBride