Tony O'Reilly

Anthony Joseph Francis O'Reilly has played more games and scored more tries for the Barbarians than anyone else in the Club's history. His 38 tries puts him 11 ahead of the second highest try scorer (Rosslyn Park's uncapped Englishman, Dave McKay) and with 30 games in his career the 'nearest challengers' as it were are on 25.

Tony O'Reilly was, by any standard, the ultimate tourist with the Club: five Easter tours of South Wales and the groundbreaking double of Canada in 1957 and South Africa in the following year. On the overseas trips he was deadly with seven tries against East Africa and five against Ontario. He also scored tries in 18 of his games for the Club. He was also a member of the Barbarians' teams that triumphed over Australia in 1958 and South Africa in 1961.

He had shot to fame in 1955, winning the first of his 29 Ireland caps at the age of 18 and later that year touring South Africa with the Lions where he was idolised. In 1959, still only 23, he took New Zealand and Australia by storm with new try-scoring feats for the Lions. Over the course of the two Lions' tours he had amassed 38 tries in 38 games and played in all ten tests.