An Introduction to Ireland Rugby Shirt 1948 Grand Slam
Ireland Rugby Shirt 1948 Grand Slam. Our inspiration. The Ellis Rugby Rugby Shirt is inspired by the famous Ireland Rugby 1948 Grand Slam captained by Karl Mullen. And for one game by Ernest Strathdee.
Ireland Rugby first ever Grand Slam in 1948
Ireland won the first-ever Grand Slam on March 13, 1948. At Ravenhill Road, Belfast with a victory over Wales.
Ireland won the tournament opener against France in Paris on New Year’s Day. Ireland defeated the French 13-6. Two of their tries came from debutants. These include Centre Paddy Reid and flanker Jim McCarthy. Also, the third from goal-kicking winger Barney Mullan.
Strangely, the selectors made five more changes for the following match, for instance. This was six weeks later at Twickenham. Also, among them was the axing of scrum-half and captain Ernie Strathdee. As a result, the Captaincy was given to hooker Karl Mullen. Ireland won 11-10 at Twickenham.
With two away wins secured, home victories over Scotland and Wales would give Ireland their best-ever season. Also, Scotland were seen off first 6-0 at Lansdowne Road, with tries from Jack Kyle and Barney Mullan.
Irish Rugby’s first Grand Slam
Ravenhill was the venue for Ireland v Wales. It was packed to its 30,000 capacity. In fact, the atmosphere was electric. As a result, they started well. Kyle fired out a long pass, missing out his centres. Furthermore, he found Mullan at full pace. And the wing sped away for his third try of the season. But Wales hit back with a fine solo score from Bleddyn Williams and it was 3-3 at half-time.
Prop John Daly, seized the ball from a lineout close to the Welsh line and dived over. And they managed to hold out, winning 6-3. Irish Rugby’s first Grand Slam.
The Ireland Rugby Shirt 1948 Grand Slam. Manufactured from satin touch 100% cotton, the jersey features a detailed applique Crest. In addition, features include a herringbone finish on the vents and tape on the neck opening. Also, take a look at our other vintage Irish rugby jersey.