The IRFU was saddened today to learn of the death of 1948 Grand Slam hero Jimmy Nelson.
Jimmy Nelson passed away at the age of 92 - he will be much mourned by his family, friends and the rugby community in Ireland.
First capped against Australia in 1947 he went on to win 16 caps for Ireland and was a vital member of the famous 1948 Grand Slam team.
He toured with the British & Irish Lions to New Zealand and Australia in 1950, scoring two tries in a Test match against the Wallabies.
Following his retirement from playing. Jimmy had a distinguished career off the pitch for his club Malone, the Ulster Branch and the IRFU where he served as Honorary Treasurer and was elected President of the Union in the 1982/83 season.
The committee and staff of the IRFU offer their sincere condolences to his family at this sad time.
Jimmy Nelson OBE, 1921-2014. May he rest in peace.
Just a day after their head coach Anthony Foley was laid to rest, Munster return to Axel's beloved Thomond Park to belatedly begin their Champions Cup campaign against early Pool 1 pacesetters Glasgow.
Pool 4 leaders Leinster will look to continue their winning start to the Champions Cup when they visit Jake White's Montpellier side, who are smarting from a late two-point defeat to Northampton Saints.
Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has made one change to the team originally named to face Racing 92 for Saturday's European Champions Cup encounter with Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park (kick-off 1pm).
Connacht begin a run of three successive away games with a trip to Parma where their GUINNESS PRO12 clash with Zebre last month was abandoned due to bad weather. The Italians were leading 22-10 at half-time.