Don joined Lansdowne in 1943/’44 having played for UCD from where he graduated with a degree in Physics/Chemistry/Biology. He also spent some time in Canada where he played Canadian football with the Toronto Roughriders which gave him some quaint ideas about dummy runs and other moves unknown in Rugby Union which he none the less brought back to Dublin.
He captained Lansdowne in 1945/’46 and was famous for his devastating tackle which he learned with the Roughriders.
He was a Professor of Biology in UCD where he founded the Firbolgs rugby team, a rag tag bunch of apostles for open rugby consisting of top class players from various clubs who in their spare time on Sundays travelled to country clubs throughout Ireland, spreading the gospel of open running rugby. No kicking was allowed and their cavalier approach helped popularise rugby in the country areas.
Position Back row
First cap v France 25/1/1947
Last cap v Wales 29/3/1947