Auction Date: 12/04/2017 at 12:30 pm
Rare 1976 Ireland First Rugby tour to New Zealand – No.14 match worn jersey issued to Captain Tom Grace – Ireland played 8 games winning 6 – Mike Gibson, Willie Duggan, Philip Orr and Moss Keane all returned to New Zealand with the British Lions for their 1977 tour. Note Tom Grace made his test debut against France at Stade Colombes in 1972. He is best remembered for scoring Ireland's only try in the 10-10 draw with the All Blacks in 1973 at Lansdowne Road. He became a British Lion when touring South Africa in 1974. He captained Ireland on several occasions including the above tour to New Zealand in 1976. Following his playing days, Grace has become Honorary Treasurer of the IRFU, was team manager for the British Lions tour of South Africa in 2009 and this year he pays the All Blacks another visit as Chairman of the Lions Board when they visit New Zealand in this summer.