First cap: v Scotland, 1952
Total caps: 3
As captain: 0
Tries scored: 0
Total points scored: 0
|Name||Archie O’Leary||Born||30 November 1929 Cork|
|School||PBC, Cork||Club:||Cork Constitution|
|Position||Forward / Second Row||International Caps:||3|
|International Games||1953 E, S, W||Munster Caps||14|
1949 U, L, C, RAF
Archie O’Leary began his rugby career at Presentation Brothers College, where he captained the school to Munster Junior Cup success in 1946, and was a member of the team that won the Munster Senior Schools Cup in 1947, captained by Noel Nunan.
He joined Cork Constitution and was capped by Munster 14 times, during which he played against South Africa in 1951. He was club captain in 1952/53, when he played for Ireland against England, Scotland and Wales. He was on Ireland’s first Summer tour to South America in 1953, captained by Des O’Brien, when Ireland played tests against Chile and Argentina.
He developed a successful insurance business in Cork, and had success in sailing and horse-ownership. His yacht Irish Mist sailed in the Admirals Cup and Florida Pearl, owned by his wife Violet, was a most successful steeplechaser, winning 13 races, including three Hennessy Gold Cups at Leopardstown.