Dr A J F (Tony) O’Reilly 1955-70 29 caps 4 Tries   #628

Tony O’Reilly passed away yesterday, The Internationally renowned Businessman spent two years in Cork and played for Dolphin in 1960/61 & 1961/62. During this period he captained Leinster and was playing for Ireland.

Capped a total of 29 times for Ireland, his first cap came on 22/1/1955 against France at 18 years of age and after only 6 senior club games. One of those games was against Dolphin where O’Reilly got a couple of early tries. He played on the Leinster schools team for three years and was also a schools cricket interprovincial.

He celebrated his 19th birthday on the 1955 Lions tour to South Africa where he scored 16 tries. Four years later he set a Lions record of 22 tries in the 33-match tour of New Zealand, Australia & Canada. He combined a successful business and sporting career and when he was dropped in 1963 everyone thought that it was the end of a great career but when there was a late cry off for the England game in 1970 O’Reilly to everyone’s surprise got the call up