Former Irish rugby international Gary Halpin has died at the age of 55.

Halpin played prop in two World Cups for Ireland, famously scoring a try against New Zealand in the 1995 edition. 

He made his Irish debut against England in 1990, with his career ending at the World Cup five years later after the loss to France.

He played most of his club rugby with London Irish before moving onto Harlequins and finishing his career at Leinster.

Halpin also represented Ireland in the 1987 World Athletics Championship in the hammer event.

Following his retirement, he was a teacher in England before moving home to a position at the Cistercian College in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, where he was the head of boarding.

Kilkenny Rugby Club have paid tribute to Halpin who was a life member and had been a scrum and forwards coach with their first-team in recent years. 

They described him as a gentleman, a genuine person and said his recognisible presence will be missed by many in Kilkenny.

Leinster Rugby say they are deeply saddened by the death of their former player and the thoughts of all at the province are with Halpin's family and friends.