Tom Grace

Thomas Oliver Grace (born 24 October 1948)[1] was a University College Dublin RFC and St. Mary's College RFC winger in the 1960 and 1970s as well as playing for his province Leinster. He appeared for the Ireland during his career. He is best remembered for scoring Ireland's only try in the 10-10 draw with the All Blacks in 1973 at Lansdowne Road.

The following is an extract from a national newspaper reporting his try; "In injury-time Ireland scored a great try as wing Tom Grace chipped the ball ahead and won the race for the line scoring wide on the right at the Havelock Square end. McGann's conversion seemed to be on target but was caught by a gust of wind and the ball drifted narrowly wide."

He represented the British and Irish Lions on the 1974 tour to South Africa.[2]

Grace played senior rugby for Newbridge College, and he is now Honorary Treasurer of the Irish Rugby Football Union.


  1. Griffiths, John (1987). The Phoenix Book of International Rugby Records. London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. pp. 12:22. ISBN 0-460-07003-7.
  2. Thomas, J. B. G. (1974). The Greatest Lions. London: Pelham Books. ISBN 0-7207-0786-2.
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