Karl Mullen

Karl Mullen
Full name Karl Daniel Mullen
Date of birth (1926-11-26)26 November 1926
Date of death 26 April 2009(2009-04-26) (aged 82)
University Belvedere College, Dublin
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Occupation(s) Gynaecologist
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Hooker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Old Belvedere[1]
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British Lions

Dr Karl Daniel Mullen (26 November 1926 – 27 April 2009[1]) was an Irish Rugby Union player and consultant gynaecologist who captained the Irish rugby team and captained the British Lions on their 1950 tour to Australia and New Zealand.

Mullen was born in Courtown Harbour, Co. Wexford and educated at Belvedere College, Dublin and The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He played youth rugby with New Ross RFC. He played as hooker, winning 25 caps[2] for Ireland during the 1940s and 1950s. He captained the Irish team to their first Grand Slam in the 1948 Five Nations Championship and was one of eight players from that team who lived to see the country's next Grand Slam in 2009.[1]

He was also selected to captain the 1950 Lions Tour to Australia and New Zealand, during which the Lions lost the Test series against the All Blacks 3-0, with one game drawn, but won the test series against Australia 2-0.[3] He played four tests for the Lions on that tour; two against New Zealand and two against Australia. He missed the third and fourth tests against New Zealand through injury.


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