Moss Keane

Moss Keane
Moss Keane

Former Lions, Ireland and Munster lock Moss Keane started as a Gaelic Footballer for University College Cork, winning a number of medals in that sport before deciding to try his hand at rugby. His raw athleticism and combative nature soon saw him rise up the ranks of Irish rugby and just a few years later he was an integral member of the national team. The big Kerry man made his international debut on January 19, 1974 and went on to represent Ireland 51 times before finally calling it a day in March 1984 more then 10 years later. His one and only try came against Scotland, the sight of the towering second row emerging from a maul with the ball under his arm and powering towards the line an enduring image of grit and determination. Keane was also a part of the famous Munster side of 1978 that defeated the All Blacks in Thomond Park in 1978- the only Irish side to beat New Zealand and his exploits were immortalised in the hit Irish stage play ‘Alone it Stands’ which recounts the events of that famous day. He toured New Zealand with Phil Bennett’s Lion’s in 1977, making one test appearance and was also a key man in Ireland’s 1974 Five Nations Championship win and their historic Triple crown in 1982.

Moss was one of the games great characters with a colourful vocabulary. He was the sole guest on an all Welsh touring side (the Grakshaws) in the early eighties when a wholesale fight broke out in the south of France from which Moss stood back. When the Welsh captain expressed his disappointment at this, Moss responded “I don’t mind dying for Ireland but I’m fecked if I’m dying for Wales.”

He won 3 Leinster senior cup medals in 1979, 1980 and 1981 and 3 Leinster senior league medals in 1974, 1977 and 1981. He captained the club with great success in 1980/81.

Player Stats

Position Lock
Date of Birth 27/07/1948
International Debut versus France
International Debut Date 19/01/1974
Last Test versus Scotland
Last Test Date 03/03/1984
Caps 51
Test Tries 1
Total Test Points 4