30/04/2007

Former Ireland coach Jimmy Davidson dies

Former Ireland and Ulster rugby coach Jimmy Davidson has died following a long illness at the age of 64.

Davidson guided Ulster to three successive inter-provincial Grand Slam titles, and was praised with being a coach well ahead of his time.

He also won six caps for Ireland and was the International coach from 1987 to 1990.

Davidson was born in Armagh in October 1942 before moving to the West Country as a toddler.

Although living in Western-super-Mare, he was schooled in Bristol where he came under the influence of Welshman Alwyn Price at St Brendan’s College.

Jimmy Davidson studied Geography at Queen’s University Belfast, where he represented the senior team as a fresher.

He later taught at Royal School Dungannon before moving to Stranmillis College in Belfast, where he lectured in physical education and sports psychology.

(JM/KMcA)

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