Ireland and Ulster mourn 1948 Grand Slam hero Jimmy Nelson

Jimmy Nelson (centre) with his fellow 1948 Ireland heroes Karl Mullen and Michael O'Flanagan
Jimmy Nelson (centre) with his fellow 1948 Ireland heroes Karl Mullen and Michael O'Flanagan in 2008

Ulster and Irish rugby is mourning the loss of 1948 Grand-Slam hero Jimmy Nelson, who has died at the age of 92.

Two years after helping Ireland clinch the Grand Slam, Nelson toured Australia with the Lions and he scored two tries in one Test match.

He played 16 times for Ireland and, after his playing days ended, also served as IRFU treasurer and president in an administrative career.

The former Ireland player also gave years of service to his club Malone.

Nelson continued to maintain close ties with the game right until his final years and met the Queen as a reception held in 2009 to mark Ireland's first Grand Slam triumph in 61 years.