Don Furner

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Don Furner
Personal information
Born(1932-12-26)26 December 1932
Condobolin, New South Wales, Australia
Died24 February 2020(2020-02-24) (aged 87)
Playing information
PositionForward
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1951–53Souths (Toowoomba)
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
19??–?? Queensland
1956 Australia 10000
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
196569Queanbeyan
197072 Eastern Suburbs 694022758
197381Queanbeyan
198287 Canberra Raiders 1535939139
Total22299511845
Representative
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
198688 Australia 15130287
2000 Fiji 310233

Don Furner (26 December 1932 – 24 February 2020) was an Australian rugby league footballer and coach. As a player, he represented Queensland on nine occasions and also toured with the 1956–57 Kangaroos. [1]

He began his coaching career as a player-coach with Junee in 1964. In that year, the team won their first Group 9 grand final as well as the Maher Cup. In 1965 he began coaching the Queanbeyan Blues, guiding that club to three successive Group 8 premierships (1965–67) and a further two Grand Finals (1968–69). He coached the Eastern Suburbs Roosters (1970–72), whom he took to the 1972 NSWRFL season's premiership final. He returned to the Queanbeyan Blues from 1973 to 1981, his team reaching the Grand Final in each of those nine seasons, including six premierships and a Clayton Cup win in 1974. [2] Furner then became the first coach of the newly formed Canberra Raiders. [3] Furner also coached the Canberra club to the 1987 NSWRL season's Grand Final. [4] He later joined Parramatta for the 1985 NSWRL season. [3] He was appointed the Australian national coach from 1986 to 1988. He coached the NSW Country team and two now-defunct Group 20 clubs, Narrandera Lizards in 1998 and Yanco Wamoon Hawks in 2005. He took the latter to the 2005 group 20 grand final, which they lost to West Wyalong.

His sons are David Furner who used to be a player and coach of the Canberra Raiders and Don Furner, Jr. who became the Canberra Raiders' CEO. Furner died on 24 February 2020, aged 87. [5]

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References

  1. Sean Fagan (2006). "Kangaroo Tour: 1956–1957". rl1908.com. Australia. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  2. "Queanbeyan Blues win league cup". The Canberra Times . Canberra: National Library of Australia. 14 October 1974. p. 14. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  3. 1 2 Lester, Gary, ed. (1984). Rugby League: Action '85. Sydney: Fairfax Publishing. p. 16. ISBN   0-909558-83-3.
  4. ACT Sport Hall of Fame inductees Archived 1 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine at actsport.com.au
  5. https://www.raiders.com.au/news/2020/02/25/vale-don-furner-senior/
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Noel Cleal
1996−2000
Coach
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Fiji

2000-2005
Succeeded by
Arthur Kitinas
2006−2007
Preceded by
Terry Fearnley
1985
Coach
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Australia

1986–1988
Succeeded by
Bob Fulton
1989-1998
New creation Coach
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Canberra Raiders

1982–1986
Succeeded by
Himself
and
Wayne Bennett

as co-coaches
Preceded by
Louis Neumann
1969
Coach
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Eastern Suburbs

1970–1972
Succeeded by
Tony Paskins
1973