|Born||Dromore, December 22 1901
|Internationals||42 caps between 1920 and 1930
|Inducted||March 16, 2002
The following article has been adapted from the original by Dai Llewellyn, which focused on two players. It has been changed to highlight only the selected inductee’s information.
George Stephenson was captain of his country when they turned up at HQ in February 1929, never having previously won there. Although they opened the scoring the Irish slipped behind when England scored a converted try while centre Stephenson was off to be treated for a rib injury – no replacements in those days.
But they made them tough back then. Although the injury was painful enough to rule him out of the next match against Scotland, Stephenson resumed against England and after he had returned the Irish scored a second try.
And when England, with time rapidly running out, pressed hard for the winning score, it was Stephenson’s last-ditch tackle on Robert Smeddle that prevented a try and ended a losing run that stretched back to 1910.
Article by Dai Llewellyn