Full name Richard Averil Lloyd
Born August 4, 1891, Tamnamore, Tyrone
Died December 23, 1950, Belfast, Northern Ireland (aged 59 years 141 days)
Major teams Ireland
|Test debut||England v Ireland at Twickenham, Feb 12, 1910 match details|
|Last Test||Ireland v France at Lansdowne Road, Apr 3, 1920 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Lloyd made his debut scrum-half against England in 1910 and came close to stealing victory with a drop-goal. It would have been in keeping with the rest of his international career had he hit the target. To Welsh journalist Townsend Collins, Lloyd was 'a genius, one of the superlative half-backs. He was the completely equipped player, but excelled as a kick. Opposing captains might tell off their wing forwards to suppress him, but he would circumvent them. Other men have kicked as quickly; no player of modern times has been more accurate…usually he was the man of his side and the man of the match."
Lloyd was to play 19 times for Ireland, the last in the first season following the First World War, and create records that would outlive him - he died in 1950. His 69 points with the boot in a total of 75 made him Ireland's most prolific kicker until Tom Kiernan, who played many more matches, overtook him in the 1960s. His seven drop-goals - in his day worth four points - remained a record for all international rugby until Michel Vannier dropped his eighth in 1961 and were still in the Five Nations record book, equalled by Barry John in 1971, until overtaken by John Rutherford in 1987.