Munster made history 50 years ago this week

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

Munster make history 50 years ago this week

MUNSTER became the first Irish province to defeat a major touring side 50 years ago this week when edging past Australia 11-8 at Musgrave Park on Wednesday, January 25, 1967.

Tom Kiernan kicked two first half penalties for Munster against a try for the tourists by winger Alan Cardy converted by John Brass.

A Brass penalty shortly after the restart restored their lead before Noel Murphy played a central role in the attack that led to the decisive Munster try by out-half John Moroney converted by Kiernan.

The surviving members of the team were honoured at the pre-match dinner ahead of Saturday’s Munster-Racing 92 European Champions Cup game at Thomond Park.

MUNSTER: T J Kiernan (Cork Con); A Horgan (Cork Con), J Walsh (Sundays Well), B Bresnihan (UCD), P McGrath (UCC); J Moroney (Garryowen & London Irish), L Hall (UCC); P O’Callaghan (Dolphin), K Ging (Sundays Well), M O’Callaghan (Young Munster), B O’Dowd (Bohemians), J Murray (Cork Con), N Murphy (Cork Con), L Coughlan (Cork Con), T Moore (Highfield).

AUSTRALIA: P Ryan; D Webb, P Smith, T Moore, A Cardy; J Brass, K Catchpole; J Thornett (capt), R Taylor, R Prosser, R Heming, M Purcell, D O'Callaghan, R Tulloch, D Taylor.

REFEREE: R W Gilliland (Ulster).