John Bucknall

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John Bucknall
Personal information
Full nameJohn Bucknall
Playing information
Position Second-row, Prop
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1969–73 Manly-Warringah 552006
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1973 New South Wales 10000
As of 5 April 2019
Source: [1]

John Bucknall is an Australian former rugby league footballer who played in 1960s and 1970s. He played for Manly-Warringah in the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) competition.

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Playing career

Bucknall made his first grade debut for Manly in 1969. In 1970, Manly reached the grand final against South Sydney. Bucknall played at second-row in the grand final and is best remembered for playing in this match. During the first half, Bucknall punched Souths captain John Sattler in the face during an off the ball incident breaking Sattler's jaw. Sattler then told teammate Mike Cleary "Hold me up so they don't know I'm hurt". Souths led the grand final at the half time break and it was only then that the Souths players learnt of Sattler's injury.

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In the second half, Bucknall was targeted by the South Sydney players and Manly went on to lose the grand final 23-12. Bucknall did not play any games for Manly in 1971 but returned to the side in 1972. Bucknall was not selected to play in Manly's maiden grand final victory over Eastern Suburbs.

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In 1973, Bucknall was selected to play for New South Wales against Queensland. Manly also reached their second grand final in a row after claiming the minor premiership in 1973. Bucknall played from the bench in the 1973 NSWRL grand final against Cronulla-Sutherland as the club won its second premiership defeating Cronulla 10-7 in a bruising final. This would be Bucknall's last game for Manly and he retired as a premiership winning player. [2] [3]

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Post playing

In 2014, John Sattler spoke to the Daily Telegraph and declared after 44 years that he had finally forgiven Bucknall for breaking his jaw in the 1970 grand final. Sattler said that he had never spoken to Bucknall after the match even though in the years since Bucknall had wanted to apologize and declare a truce. Sattler said "I wanted nothing to do with it, “Do I hate Bucknall? No, I don’t, Have I forgiven him? Yes, I have". [4]

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References

  1. "John Bucknall - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". Rugbyleagueproject.org.
  2. "A Look Back At Premiership Success". www.rabbitohs.com.au.
  3. Alan Whiticker/Glen Hudson: The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. (1995 edition) ISBN   1875169571
  4. "After 44 years, John Sattler forgives John Bucknall for breaking his jaw". www.dailytelegraph.com.au.