The Ulster Unionist Party has paid tribute to Irish rugby legend Jack Kyle who has passed away.
Party sports spokesperson Leslie Cree said:
“In the annals of British, Irish, Ulster and indeed World rugby, Jack Kyle’s name is writ large. He won 46 caps for Ireland, was part of the Irish team that won its first ever Grand Slam in 1948 and was capped six times by the British Lions.
“It is testimony to his rugby prowess that he was voted the best Ireland player of all time in 2002, several decades after he had stopped playing. He will long be remembered as one of the greats of the game.”
Ulster Unionist Leader Mike Nesbitt said:
“Jack Kyle was a model Ulsterman. He was a world class sportsman but perhaps more importantly, he was a gentleman and a public servant, who spent thirty years working as a doctor in in Zambia helping others.
“He was a role model in any generation and he will be sadly missed not just by his family and many friends, but by thousands of people whose lives he helped save.”