Sixty two years after masterminding Ireland’s first Grand Slam, Jack Kyle has become the first inductee to Ulster Rugby’s Hall of Fame.
The honour was bestowed on Kyle, now 84, at last night’s Ulster Rugby Awards gala. The Belfast Telegraph-sponsored award is the ultimate accolade in sport here and as he received it the crowd rose in acclamation.
The citation lauded him as “a legendary fly-half who inspired generations of players, who is still widely regarded as Ireland’s greatest ever rugby player. Jack Kyle was the inspirational genius behind Ireland's first Grand Slam triumph in 1948. In 1950 Jack also played in all six tests for the British and Irish Lions on their tour to New Zealand and Australia. When he retired from International rugby in 1958, his total of 46 caps from 11 seasons, which yielded seven tries, was a world record.”