Barry Harris (rugby league)

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Barry Harris
Personal information
Full nameBarry John Harris
Born(1938-05-09)9 May 1938
Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
Died1 February 2006(2006-02-01) (aged 67)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Position Second-row
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1957–60 Newtown 6570021
1963–64 South Sydney 80000
1967 Penrith 150000
Total8870021
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1959–62 New South Wales 50000
1961–62 NSW Country 21003
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
197576 Penrith Panthers 28921732
Source: [1]

Barry Harris (1938-2006) was an Australian rugby league footballer and coach who played for Newtown, South Sydney and the Penrith Panthers. Harris was a foundation player for Penrith and played in the club's first season.

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Playing career

Harris was a Newtown junior and made his first grade debut for the club in 1957. In 1959, Newtown qualified for the finals and Harris played in the starting side against Manly which ended in a 17-0 defeat. In the same year, Harris was also selected to play for New South Wales against Queensland in the interstate series. Harris left Newtown at the end of 1960 and moved out to Dubbo playing in the local country competition.

While playing out at Dubbo, Harris was selected to play for NSW Country on 2 occasions and was chosen to represent New South Wales. In 1963, Harris moved back to Sydney and joined Souths. Harris spent three unsuccessful seasons at the club before joining newly admitted Penrith in 1967. Harris played in the club's first ever game against Canterbury and made 15 appearances in their debut season as they finished second last. Harris retired at the end of 1967 as a player. [2] [3] [4]

Coaching career

In 1975, Harris became the first grade coach at Penrith and spent two years in the top job. Harris had an unsuccessful coaching spell with Penrith finishing towards the bottom of the ladder and he was sacked at the end of 1976. He was later replaced by Don Parish.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Stephenson
1975
Coach
Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg
Penrith Panthers

1975-1976
Succeeded by
Don Parish
1977-1978

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References

  1. "Barry Harris- Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". Rugbyleagueproject.org.
  2. "Wayne Peckham dies". news.com.au.
  3. "Penrith Panthers celebrate 50 years". www.dailytelegraph.com.au.
  4. "South Sydney Rabbitohs Rugby League Player Report - Barry Harris". www.ssralmanac.com.