Ireland Triple Crown Winners 1894 Kildare Observer

Ireland wins Triple Crown for the time 10 March 1894

As reported in the Kildare Observer 17 March 1894 - Ireland Triple Crown Winners

Sorry guys and girls but a Triple Crown is not on the cards this weekend when we meet Italy. Lets enjoy our past glories on the field with the below blog and you can download an extract from the Kildare Observer 17.03.1894 at the bottom of the page!!  Come on Ireland!!

Triple Crown winners Irish Rugby Team 1894 Irish Rugby Team 1894

Above the Ireland side that beat Scotland on 24th February 1894. Standing (L-R): C.V.Rooke, H.Lindsay, Garrett (President), Jas Lytle, A.T.Bond, H.G.Wells. Seated: W.Gardiner, W.S.Browne, John Lytle, J.Forrest (Captain), J.H.O’Conor, L.H.Gwynn, S.Lee, P.Grant. On Ground: B.Tuke, T.Crean

Ireland Triple Crown Winners

Mr Edmund George Forrest was capped 13 times by Ireland and he was captain of the first Irish side to win the Triple Crown in 1894.   Rugby in 1890s Ireland was primarily a game for the Protestant middle class. The only Catholic in Edmund Forrest’s 1894 team was Tom Crean who had been educated by the Jesuits at Clongowes Wood and who went on to earn the Victoria Cross for services rendered to the British Empire in the Boer War. Of the eighteen players used in the three games, thirteen were from three

Ireland made a number of crucial changes to the team make up and selection panel which provide to be vital in winning 1894 championship. For the first time, Ireland used seven backs instead of six. Selection panels was also reduced from ten to six.

The most shocking change was the referees were given full powers and no longer had to wait for appeals from players.

Ireland were installed as 5/1 outsiders for the opener at Blackheath against England . They won 7–5 but left it late. Trailing 3–5 in the dying minutes, they had Forrest to thank for a late drop-goal, then worth four points.  They left it late three weeks later at Lansdowne Road too, when Bective’s winger Bertie Wells scored the decisive try against Scotland in front of a crowd of 10,000.

Next to come were the Triple Crown holders; Wales. They beat Scotland at Newport 0 – 7  in their game.  As with all games with Wales and Ireland there was high drama on and off the pitch. Before kick off the Wales entered a protest against the match being played. Their contention was that the ground was not of the required measurement, being some eight yards too narrow and six yards short of the standard dimensions, in addition to which they considered the corners bordering on the cinder track were decidedly dangerous.’

To further make the hamper the game it had been raining heavily leading up to it which left pitch in a sorry state, forcing the grounds men to start carrying out impromptu draining operations at six in the morning.

But there was no thought of postponement – two Great Northern Company trains had brought 800 spectators from Dublin , which ‘considerably augmented the company, which at the start of the game could not have been far short of 6,000.

The game’s one score came early and was described thus:

Escott was quickly brought to book by the referee and as events proved, he cost his side the match. A “scrum” was being fought out midway between the Taffies’ 25 and the line when the Cardiff half-back picked the ball out, for which, of course, Mr Rainie awarded Ireland a penalty free, and John Lytle kicking a magnificent goal, the cheering was loud and prolonged.’

Writing about the 1894 series, many years later, the Irish forward John O’Connor recalled the Triple Crown triumph

Although it was a famous victory when we beat Wales in Belfast , I must admit it was not a great match. In those days handling was not developed to the extent that acme later. The game was left almost entirely to the forwards and the scrums were grim affairs, with all the forwards giving the full weight to the shove. There were no specialised positions such as hooker or wing forward, and every forward was expected to be an accomplished hooker. First up, first down was the rule. The backs were mainly used mainly in defence.was injured for the big day against Wales in Belfastand Dunlop of Trinity replaced him on the wing.


It was decided by the IRFU that the players who had participated in the three games would be given special presentations to mark their achievement, but someone had second thoughts on the issue and at a meeting held in December 1894 it was decided not to proceed.

The following season Ireland lost every game, despite including nine of the Triple Crown heroes. Forrest only captained Ireland for one game the following season and they finished bottom.

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