Gordon (father of more recent Ireland captain Keith Wood) was educated at Crescent College Limerick and joined Garryowen on leaving school. He captained Garryowen in 1954/55, 1957/58 and 1958/59 and with whom he won 19 Irish caps. He played for Munster many times that he captained in 1957/58.
He was on the British and Irish Lions squad that toured Australia and New Zealand in 1959 and played 2 tests against New Zealand. On his return to Ireland from the Lions tour he joined Lansdowne where he gained in further 10 caps and he captained Lansdowne in the seasons of 1960/61 and 1962/63. He was nick named “thick brown sauce” because of his love of that Chef product (mostly behind his back).
On his retirement in 1964 he returned with his young family to his native Limerick where he purchased and worked a dairy farm which was a big change from his occupation as a director of an insurance company in Dublin.
In his Lansdowne pre cup match team talks he was known to drop in some pearls of philosophy such as “to be good, you have to know your good, to be great, you have to think your great but when you know your great your fu…d.”
Date of Birth 20/06/1931
International Debut versus England
International Debut Date 13/02/1954
Last Test versus South Africa
Last Test Date 13/05/1961
Test Tries 1
Total Test Points 3