British and Irish Lions | Lions and Ireland hooker Ken Kennedy dies aged 81

Former British and Irish Lions tourist Ken Kennedy has died aged 81.

Kennedy was part of the 1966 Tour of Australia and New Zealand and the invincible 1974 Tour of South Africa.

The hooker amassed 45 caps for Ireland and was highly regarded for his world-class scrum ability.

Kennedy was born in Rochester, England and studied medicine at Queen’s University Belfast where he earned his medical degree.

Away from rugby, Kennedy continued to practice as a doctor in London while playing for the London Irish.

Kennedy made his Test debut for Ireland in January 1965 against France at Lansdowne Road, the game ending in a 3-3 draw.

The following year, the hooker was selected for the 1966 Tour, where he earned four Test caps and scored a try in an 11-8 win over Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Kennedy missed the 1968 Tour through injury, but returned as part of the team that returned unbeaten from South Africa in 1974.

The first rower also acted as an unofficial doctor in Tours thanks to his medical degree.

Kennedy’s last Irish cap ended in a 32-4 defeat at Wales in 1975, retiring at the time as the world’s most capped prostitute.

Charles P. Patton