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From captaincy to Cardiff: 13 brilliant pictures of the great Jack Kyle

It was an incredible career for the 46-cap Ulsterman.

AT THE AGE of 88, one of Irish sport’s all-time greats, Dr Jack Kyle died today.

Here are a selection of the times ‘that damned elusive Jackie Kyle’ was captured on camera.

At the forefront in 1947

Rugby Union - Five Nations Championship - Ireland v England - Lansdowne Road Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

With his team to play England in 1949

Rugby Union - Five Nations Championship - Ireland v England Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

Leading the Lions

Rugby Union - British Lions Squad To Tour Southern Hemisphere Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

Kyle with French captain Jean Pratt before the 1953 Test in Ravenhill

Kyle/ Pratt Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Carrying the fight to England in ’57

Rugby Union - Five Nations Championship - England v Ireland - Twickenham Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

And clearing his lines

Rugby Union - Five Nations Championship - Ireland v England Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

A year later, he set a caps record of 45 among the original four nations

Rugby Union - Five Nations Championship - England v Ireland Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

And was, perhaps reluctantly, carried from the pitch by his team-mates

Rugby Union - Five Nations Championship - England v Ireland - Twickenham Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

With Ollie Campbell in 2003

Ollie Campbell and Jack Kyle Source: INPHO

The heroes of 1948 reunite at Ravenhill

Michael O’Flanagan, Paddy Reid, Jack Kyle, Karl Mullen, Jim McCarthy, Bertie O’Hanlon and Jimmy Nelson at the scene of their greatest achievement.

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Michael O'Flanagan, Paddy Reid, Jack Kyle, Karl Mullen, Jim McCarthy, Bertie O'Hanlon and Jimmy Nelson 13/3/2008 The seven men gathered to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Grand Slam. Source: William Cherry/Presseye

61 years later, Kyle was on hand to congratulate Ireland’s next Grand Slam-winning captain

Brian O'Driscoll celebrates with Jack Kyle Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Kyle presenting Ulster supporters’ player of the year award to Andrew Trimble earlier this year

Andrew Trimble is presented with the Ulster Rugby Supporters Club Player of the Year by Jack Kyle Source: Presseye/Declan Roughan/INPHO

Saluting his fans at the opening of the redeveloped Ravenhill.

Jack Kyle Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Ireland’s Grand Slam winner Dr Jack Kyle dies aged 88

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