Seamus Kelly

Seamus played on Lansdowne’s First XV from 1950 to 1961 and he captained the Club in the 1959/’60 season.

He was a great servant to Lansdowne driving up from Wexford for the Saturday match and driving back afterwards.  He was a marvellous broken field runner and one of the best place kickers of his day and was consistently the top points scorer not alone in Lansdowne but in the country season after season and was the first Irish player to top the 1,000 points mark in Senior and representative rugby.

He played many times for Leinster and were it not for the presence of the famous Jackie Kyle and Mick English he would have amassed many more caps.  Ireland was indeed fortunate to have three such outstanding out halves in the 1950’s.

He retired in 1961 to concentrate on the family business having set a benchmark for succeeding out halves in Lansdowne such as Barry McGann and Mick Quinn.

Player Stats

Position Out half
First cap   v Scotland 27/2/1954
Last cap   v France 9/4/1960