For the last eight years Newbridge Rugby Football Club has hosted an annual ‘Legends in Rugby’ Award. We have taken it to a level beyond our wildest dreams…

Our previous recipients read like a who’s who of Rugby and include Dr. Karl D. Mullen, Dr. Jack W. Kyle OBE., Ireland 1948 and ’49 (Grand Slam and back-to-back Triple Crown winners), the 1955 British & Irish Lions, the 1982 Ireland Triple Crown team, the Munster team of 1978 and the 1985 Ireland Triple Crown team.

We are delighted to announce that the 2011 Legend in Rugby Award goes to the 1971 British & Irish Lions Team.

Captained by the inspirational John Dawes of Wales, the squad was a mix of seasoned and emerging international talent such as Willie John McBride, Mike Gibson, JPR Williams, Barry John, Fergus Slattery, Gareth Edwards, Sean Lynch and David Duckham etc. Winning the Test series 2-1 the 1971 Lions remain the only Lions to successful do so against the All Blacks.

Each member of the team will be presented with a specially commissioned canteen of Newbridge Silverware cutlery generously provided by our sponsor William Doyle of Newbridge Silverware.

A celebratory black tie dinner will be held on Friday, 4th March at Hotel Keadeen, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Tickets are €;100 each and can be booked through Niall Browne (087-255-5895,, Robert Mehigan (087-7176449,