Brian Carlson

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Brian Carlson
Brian Carlson 1952.jpg
Carlson in 1952
Personal information
Born(1933-02-12)12 February 1933
Wyoming, New South Wales, Australia
Died14 April 1987(1987-04-14) (aged 54)
Playing information
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm) [1]
Weight13 st 9 lb (87 kg) [1]
Position Fullback, Centre, Wing
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1951–54Norths (Newcastle)
1956–57Souths (Newcastle)
1957Blackall
1957–62 North Sydney 74312110515
Total74312110515
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1951 Newcastle 11003
1952–59 New South Wales 1081350
1957 Queensland 42108
1952–61 Australia 17105040
Coaching information
Representative
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
1961 Australia 210150
196768 Country Firsts 210150
Source: [2] [3]

Brian Patrick Carlson (12 February 1933 – 14 April 1987) was an Australian professional rugby league footballer of the 1950s and 1960s. He was a centre & utility back for the Australia national team. He played in 17 Tests and 6 World Cup games between 1952 and 1961, as captain on 2 occasions. He is considered one of the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century. [4]

Rugby league team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby league football is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field. One of the two codes of rugby, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators.

The Australian national rugby league team have represented Australia in senior men's rugby league football competition since the establishment of the 'Northern Union game' in Australia in 1908. Administered by the Australian Rugby League, the Kangaroos are ranked first in the RLIF World Rankings. The team is the most successful in Rugby League World Cup history, having contested all 15 and winning 11 of them, failing to reach the final only once, in the inaugural tournament in 1954. Only four nations have beaten Australia in test matches, and Australia have an overall win percentage of 67%.

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Playing career

Carlson was a naturally gifted athlete raised in Newcastle, New South Wales. He represented at district junior cricket, played 1st Grade cricket with the Wickham club in Newcastle, and was also a surf lifesaving competitor. After playing rugby league at school he was graded by the Newcastle Rugby League's Norths club in 1951.

Newcastle, New South Wales City in New South Wales, Australia

The Newcastle metropolitan area is the second most populated area in the Australian state of New South Wales and the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie local government areas. It is the hub of the Greater Newcastle area which includes most parts of the local government areas of City of Newcastle, City of Lake Macquarie, City of Cessnock, City of Maitland and Port Stephens Council.

Cricket Team sport played with bats and balls

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.

The Newcastle Rugby League is a local rugby league football competition in Newcastle, Australia. It is one of the oldest rugby league competitions in Australia, founded in 1910. A Newcastle representative team was also assembled from players in the League during most of the 20th century.

When the 1951 French rugby league tour of Australia and New Zealand saw the powerful France national team come through Newcastle, 18-year-old Carlson was selected to play for the Newcastle team against them.

The 1951 French rugby league tour of Australia and New Zealand was the first ever tour of Australasia by any French sports team in history. Puig Aubert captained the France national rugby league team who played 28 matches in total in both Australia and New Zealand, winning 21 of them in what is regarded as the high point in the history of rugby league in France. The Australian Test series resulted in a 2-1 victory to France; however, the tourists then lost their match against the New Zealand national rugby league team. Welcoming the team home to Marseille, more than 150,000 people turned out for a street parade.

France national rugby league team represents France in international rugby league

The France national rugby league team represent France in international rugby league tournaments. They are referred to as les Chanticleers or less commonly as les Tricolores. The team is run under the auspices of the Fédération Française de Rugby à XIII and is largely made up of players from Super League and the Elite One Championship.

The Newcastle rugby league team is a representative rugby league football team made up of players selected from the Newcastle Rugby League's first grade clubs. Also called Newcastle Firsts, the team has been assembled occasionally since rugby league's first season in Australia in 1908.

In 1952 he scored two tries on representative debut for Country Firsts. He represented for New South Wales that same season against Queensland in the 2nd game of the interstate series, and then against the touring New Zealanders.

The Country New South Wales rugby league team was a representative rugby league football team that consisted of professional players who originated from clubs of the Country Rugby League, one of two federations in the state of New South Wales. Country annually played in the City vs Country Origin competition against the City New South Wales rugby league team, which was made up of players originating from Sydney.

The New Zealand national rugby league team has represented New Zealand in rugby league since 1907. Administered by the New Zealand Rugby League, they are commonly known as the Kiwis, after the native bird of that name. The team's colour's are majority black with white and the players perform a haka before every match they play as a challenge to their opponents. The New Zealand Kiwis are currently second in the RLIF World Rankings. Since the 1980s, most New Zealand representatives have been based overseas, in the professional National Rugby League and Super League competitions. Before that players were selected entirely from clubs in domestic New Zealand leagues.

He was selected in the 1952–53 Kangaroo tour as a wing. He played in two Tests against England, one against France and in sixteen minor tour games. He was highest try-scorer on the tour returning with a tally of twenty-nine. In 1954 a rib injury rupturing his kidney threatened both his career and his life. He was close to death but recovered and sat out the 1955 season to recuperate. He returned to the field in 1956 and 1957 accepting positions as player-coach firstly with Souths Newcastle then with Blackall, Queensland.

Player-coach

A player-coach is a member of a sports team who simultaneously holds both playing and coaching duties. A player-coach may be a head coach or an assistant coach. They may make changes to the squad and also play on the team.

Blackall, Queensland Town in Queensland, Australia

Blackall is a small town and rural locality in the Blackall-Tambo Region in Central West Queensland, Australia. At the 2016 census Blackall had a population of 1,416. It is the service centre for the Blackall-Tambo Region. The dominant industry in the area is grazing.

He was selected in the 1957 World Cup squad despite not being contracted to a club, having left Blackall in dispute over a release. [5] This return to representative rugby league at age 24 saw him rise to new heights. He played in three matches of the tournament, was top scorer with 28 points and named "Player of the 1957 World Cup". During the World Cup, Carlson also became the first Australian fullback to score a try in an international match when he scored in Australia's 26–9 win over France at the Sydney Cricket Ground (he also kicked 7 goals during the game). [6] He also played in all three Tests in 1957 against the visiting Great Britain side.

The second Rugby League World Cup was held in Australia in 1957. As before a group stage was held first, with matches being held at locations in Sydney and Brisbane.

Sydney Cricket Ground stadium in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is a sports stadium in Sydney, Australia. It is used for Test, One Day International and Twenty20 cricket, as well as Australian rules football, rugby league football, rugby union, and association football. It is the home ground for the New South Wales Blues cricket team, the Sydney Sixers of the Big Bash League, the Sydney Roosters of the National Rugby League, the NSW Waratahs of Super Rugby and the Sydney Swans Australian Football League club. It is owned and operated by the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust that also manages the Sydney Football Stadium located next door. Until the 44,000 seat Football Stadium opened in 1988, the Sydney Cricket Ground was the major rugby league venue in Sydney.

Carlson signed a contract with the North Sydney Bears where he would stay for six years.

In 1959 Carlson played in the New South Wales loss to Queensland that attracted 35,261 spectators, smashing Brisbane's previous record for an interstate match of 22,817. [7] He was then named Australian captain in the first Test of 1959 against New Zealand. He toured with the 1959–60 Kangaroos playing in 24 matches including two Tests and was the tour's second highest scorer behind Keith Barnes his selection rival for the fullback position.

He was the leading point scorer for Australia in the 1960 World Cup. His second honour as Australian captain came in the first Test of the 1961 tour of New Zealand. Keith Barnes was the Kangarooo captain for the 11 matches between Carlson's captaincy appearances.

Carlson captain North Sydney in the 1961 and 1962 NSWRFL seasons, the latter being his last in the premiership.

He returned to Newcastle's Souths club in 1963 as captain-coach for three seasons.

Post-playing

After retiring from playing Carlson worked in Newcastle as a tally clerk on the wharves. He died in 1987.

In 2005 Carlson was inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame. [8] In August 2006 he was named at fullback in the North Sydney Bears' Team of the Century .

In 2007 Carlson was selected by a panel of experts as a winger in an Australian 'Team of the 50s'. [9]

In February 2008, Carlson was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia. [10]

In 2010 Calrson was named in a South Newcastle team of the century. [11]

Representative matches played

TeamMatchesYears
New South Wales151952–1959
Queensland41957
Australia231952–1961

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Sources

Preceded by
Brian Davies
Australian national rugby league captain
1959–61
Succeeded by
Keith Barnes