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Player Archive - W. J. McBride

W. J. McBride player photo.
  • Country: Ireland Ireland
  • Points Scored: 0
William James McBride, universally known as Willie-John, was born in Toomebridge, Northern Ireland,on 6 June 1940. A member of the Ballymena club, he won the first of his 63 caps as lock for Ireland against England in 1962. Later that year he was selected for the first of his five tours with the British & Irish Lions. By the time he had led the unbeaten 1974 vintage to an historic series victory over South Africa he had played a record 70 times for the British Isles, including 17 tests. He later managed the 1983 Lions on their tour of New Zealand. His four appearances for the Barbarians included the captaincy against New Zealand at Twickenham in 1974.

Games Played

Date Opponent Points    
30 November 1974 New Zealand XV (non-cap) 0 Full Squad Match Images
27 January 1973 New Zealand XV (non-cap) 0 Full Squad Match Images
30 January 1967 Australia XV 0 Full Squad Match Images
28 March 1963 Leicester Tigers 0 Full Squad Match Images