Karl Mullen

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Karl Mullen
Karl Mullen 1950.jpg
Mullen in New Zealand in 1950
Birth name Karl Daniel Mullen
Date of birth (1926-11-26)26 November 1926
Date of death 26 April 2009(2009-04-26) (aged 82)
University Belvedere College
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Occupation(s) Gynaecologist
Rugby union career
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
British Lions

Dr Karl Daniel Mullen (26 November 1926 – 27 April 2009[1]) was an Irish rugby union player and consultant gynaecologist who captained the Irish rugby team and captained the British Lions on their 1950 tour to Australia and New Zealand.

Mullen was born in Courtown Harbour, Co. Wexford and educated at Belvedere College and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He played youth rugby with New Ross RFC. He played as hooker, winning 25 caps[2] for Ireland from 1947 to 1952. He captained the Irish team to their first Grand Slam in the 1948 Five Nations Championship and was one of eight players from that team who lived to see the country's next Grand Slam in 2009.[1]

He was also selected to captain the 1950 Lions Tour to Australia and New Zealand, during which the Lions lost the Test series against the All Blacks 3-0, with one game drawn, but won the test series against Australia 2-0.[3] He played four tests for the Lions on that tour; two against New Zealand and two against Australia. He missed the third and fourth tests against New Zealand through injury.


  1. ^ a b c Mairs, Gavin (27 April 2009). "Former British and Irish Lions captain Karl Mullen has died, aged 82". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-04-27.
  2. ^ UK Independent newspaper interview Archived 2007-04-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ 1950 – New Zealand and Australia. lionsrugby.com
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