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Niall Brophy

Niall Brophy
Birth nameNiall Henry Brophy
Date of birth (1935-09-19) 19 September 1935 (age 84)
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight83 kg (183 lb)
SchoolO'Connell School and Blackrock College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Blackrock College R.F.C.
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Leinster ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1959, 1962
Correct as of 27 Jan 2012

Niall Henry Brophy (born 19 November 1935 in Dublin, Ireland) is a retired Irish rugby union player. He represented University College Dublin R.F.C., Blackrock College R.F.C., Leinster, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions. He played as a Winger.


In 1959, Brophy, along with teammate Bill Mulcahy, became the first UCD players to represent the British and Irish Lions (then known as the British Lions), during their tour to Australia and New Zealand.[1]


Brophy made his Ireland debut against France on 26 January 1957, during the 1957 Five Nations Championship. He scored his first try for Ireland in this game.[2] His last test for Ireland was against Australia during Ireland's tour there in May 1967. Ireland won the match 5-11.

British and Irish Lions

Brophy received his first Lions call-up in 1959 for the tour to Australia and New Zealand, but was not capped on this tour because of injury. He was called up again for the 1962 tour to South Africa, and this time won 2 Lions caps.

After rugby

Brophy was President of the Leinster Branch in 1981-82, Blackrock College RFC in 1985-86 and the IRFU in 1997-98. He was inducted into the Rugby Writers of Ireland Hall of Fame in 2003,[3] and into the Guinness Hall of Fame in 2011.[4]

He was also named in UCD's 'Team of the Century'.


  1. ^ " - Down Through The Years". Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Ireland 11-6 France". Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Murphy wins Irish honour". BBC Sport. 28 May 2003. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Nacewa Bags Top Honour At Leinster Awards Ball". 7 May 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2012.

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