Moss Keane passes away

Munster and Ireland rugby legend Moss Keane has passed away at the age of 62.

A native of Currow, Co Kerry, Keane was a member of the Munster team that defeated New Zealand in the famous victory at Thomond Park in 1978.

A latecomer to the oval game, Keane was an avid Gaelic footballer in his younger days - winning a Siegerson Cup medal with UCC while attending college there.

He turned out for the Kingdom at junior level but on the advice of a close friend, he chose to take up rugby.

Keane made an immediate impact at lock forward, turning out for the Lansdowne club, and earned his first international call-up in 1974. The giant Kerryman would go on to win a further 50 caps for his country.

Perhaps his finest moment was touring with Phil Bennetts’s British and Irish Lions squad to New Zealand in 1977.

The IRFU paid tributed to Keane, describing his as one of Irish rugby's "most genuine characters and legends of the game".

"Moss had ability on the field that no one could doubt from his record at club, provincial and international level, " IRFU President Caleb Powell said.

"UCC, Lansdowne, Munster, Ireland and the British & Irish Lions all benefited from his presence and ensured that his reputation will live long in the memories of not only Irish rugby, but world rugby."

The IRFU extended condolences to Moss' wife Anne, his two daughters, Sarah and Anne Marie, and his extended family and friends.

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