WILLIE-JOHN McBRIDE

1962-1975

PLAYER PROFILE
Country:  Ireland
H.O.F. Inductee: 1997
Position: Lock
Date of Birth: 06/06/1940
Place of Birth: Cefneithin
CAREER STATUS
Test Caps 63
Test Points 4
Test tries 1
Penalties 0
Conversions 0
Drop Goals 0
CAREER SUMMARY
Ireland and Lions second row Willie-John McBride developed into the finest lock forward of his generation and was a charismatic leader who skippered the Lions on their unbeaten tour of South Africa in 1974. McBride went on five Lions tours in total and often used to smoke a pipe as part of his pre-match ritual.
GREATEST MOMENT
Like all great players, Willie John had a great sense of timing. He had played for Ireland 33 times at Lansdowne Road before, in his 34th and final appearance there, he scored his first and only try.
INTERESTING FACTS
The first surprise is that the official names really are William James.