Educated at CBC Monkstown and joined Lansdowne in 1959 where he immediately fought his way into the 1st XV. He decamped to University College Dublin to pursue a career in accountancy in 1961 where he won 9 of his 12 Irish caps, returning to Landsdowne in 1964 where he gained his final 3 caps and won a Leinster Senior Cup medal in 1965.
He was a big strong runner who knew the shortest route to the line equally at home on the wing or at centre where he played for Leinster. He played on the Irish team with such other great players as Tony O’Reilly, Kevin Flynn, Willie John McBride and Mike Gibson.
Probably his greatest claim to fame (on the rugby field at least, there were many lighter moments off the field) was a glorious try he scored when Ireland had a famous victory over England at Twickenham on the 8/2/1964. Many commentators have since deemed his try as better then the previous greatest try scored by a Russian prince from Oxford University, Prince Obelenski, playing for England at Twickenham in 1936.
He went on to captain Lansdowne in the 1967/68 season and on retiring from 1st team duty in 1972 he spent several reasons playing at junior level where he helped the younger players with his experience and enthusiasm. He was president of the Club in 1990/91 and had at this stage taken to Golf with great success.
First cap v France 26/1/1963
Last cap v Scotland 27/2/1965