Dick Poole (rugby league)

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Dick Poole
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Personal information
Full nameHerbert Richard Poole
Born (1930-11-27) 27 November 1930 (age 90)
Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Position Centre, Wing, Five-eighth
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1950–58 Newtown 1335100153
1959–60 Western Suburbs 3180024
Total1645900177
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1954–57 New South Wales 1070027
1955–57 Australia 1350015
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
195558 Newtown 764503159
196668 Newtown 672144231
Total1436647346
Representative
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
1957 Australia 3300100
As of 10 January 2016
Source: [1] [2]

Herbert Richard Poole (born 1930) is an Australian former rugby league footballer and coach. He was a centre for the Australian national team. He played in ten Tests and three World Cup games between 1955 and 1957, as captain on three occasions.

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Background

Poole was born in Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia.

Club career

Poole played junior football at the De La Salle school in Marrickville and then with the Earlwood Christian Youth Organisation before being graded with Newtown in 1949. Initially he played mainly in reserve grade with occasional first grade appearances up until 1952 when he established himself as a centre in the top grade.

He was captain-coach of Newtown in 1955 when they went down by one point to South Sydney in the Grand Final. He played for 133 games for Newtown over nine seasons till 1958, the last four seasons as captain-coach. In 1959 he moved to the Western Suburbs Magpies for his last two seasons. [3]

Poole in action Dick Poole Newtown 1954.jpg
Poole in action

Representative career

He first represented for New South Wales in 1954. Following his Kangaroo Tour appearances of 1957 he was selected as captain-coach of New South Wales in 1957.

He made his Australian Test debut in 1955 in the series against France after having initially been picked as a reserve for the squad. His last minute call up was for the third Test played in Sydney in July 1955. He was selected for the three Tests of 1956 against New Zealand and then for the 1956–57 Kangaroo Tour of England and France. He appeared in six Tests and 11 minor tour matches scoring 17 tries in all.

In 1957 he was a surprise selection as captain-coach ahead of the more experienced Ken Kearney in the squad for the World Cup tournament to be played in Australia. Poole's side included magnificent players such as Brian Carlson, Norm Provan, Kel O'Shea, Kearney and Brian Clay and they swept all before them. Poole enjoys a record of three times captaining his country for three victories.

Post playing

At the end of his playing career Poole returned to Newtown as coach from 1966–68. In 2008, the centenary year of rugby league in Australia, Poole was named in the Newtown Jets 18-man team of the century.

Matches played

TeamMatchesYearsPoints
Newtown1331950–58168
Wests311959–6027
New South Wales151954–195727
Australia (Tests & World Cup)131955–195715

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References

  1. Rugby League Project
  2. Rugby League Project coaching
  3. Whittacker/Hudosn: The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. 1995 ISBN   1875169571
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Allan Ellis
1962–1965
Coach
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Newtown

1966–1968
Succeeded by
Harry Bath
1969–1972
Preceded by
Col Geelan
1954
Coach
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Newtown

1955–1958
Succeeded by
Charles Cahill
1959–1961
Preceded by
Ken Kearney
1956-1957
Coach
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Australia

1957
Succeeded by
Norm Robinson
1958
Preceded by
Ken Kearney
Captain
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Australia

1957
Succeeded by
Brian Davies