Jimmy Nelson (rugby player)

Jimmy Nelson
Full name James Edward Nelson
Date of birth 16 September 1921
Place of birth Belfast
Date of death 13 June 2014(2014-06-13) (aged 92)
Place of death Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Rugby union career
Playing career
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Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Malone RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British and Irish Lions

Jimmy Nelson (16 September 1921 – 13 June 2014) was a rugby union international who represented Ireland from 1947 to 1954.[1][1]

Early life and career

James Edward Nelson was born on 16 September 1921 in Belfast.[1] He became qualified accountant[2]

Rugby union career

Nelson played his senior rugby for the Malone club. Nelson made his international debut on 6 December 1947 at Lansdowne Road in the Ireland vs Australia match and went on to play a further fifteen times for Ireland[1] In 1950 he toured Australasia with the British Lions and he played in 19 games, including the four test matches. Of the twenty test matches he played for his national side and the Lions, he was on the winning side on eleven occasions.[1] He played his final match for Ireland on 23 January 1954 at Colombes in the France vs Ireland match.[1] He also played nine games for the Barbarians and captained the side against Cardiff in 1951 and also South Africa in 1952. He went on to serve on the Barbarians' committee from 1963 to 1967 and in 1982 was president of the IRFU.[2]


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