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Irish great dies

KARL Mullen, who led Ireland to a Five Nations rugby union grand slam in 1948, has died, the Irish Rugby Union said yesterday. He was 82.

Mullen was captain of the Ireland team that won the championship sweep in 1948 and the Triple Crown a year later. He was also captain of the British and Irish Lions on their tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1950. He played 25 times for Ireland and, after his retirement, became a rugby administrator, including a spell as chairman of the Ireland selectors.


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