|Full name||Sidney Phillip Deane|
North Sydney, New South Wales
|Died||19 October 1967|
Dee Why, New South Wales, Australia
Sid Deane (1885–1967) was a foundation Australian rugby league player. He was a Centre for the Australia national team. He played in 5 Tests between 1908 and 1914. In 1914 he became the ninth Australian national captain and the first from the North Sydney Club.
Born in North Sydney, he commenced his footballing career with Norths rugby union. He was present at the North Sydney School of Arts in 1907 for the meeting which founded North Sydney. He was elected onto the players committee and played at five-eighth in the inaugural round of rugby league matches played in Sydney on 20 April 1908.
Following his appearances for Australia on the inaugural Kangaroo tour of England in 1908 several English clubs made offers for him to stay and he reached agreement with the Oldham.For the next four seasons he featured in a star-studded team including Arthur Anlezark, Kangaroo Tom McCabe and English representatives James "Jim" Lomas, Alf Wood and Albert Avery. Oldham were Championship finalists for each of those four years. Deane played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in Oldham's 3-7 defeat by Wigan in the Championship Final during the 1908–09 season at The Willows, Salford on Saturday 1 May 1909, played, and was captain in Oldham's 13-7 victory over Wigan in the Championship Final during the 1909–10 season, and played, and was captain in Oldham's 20-7 victory over Wigan in the Championship Final during the 1910–11 season.
He had further seasons with North Sydney from 1912 to 1914, then returned to England to play with Hull F.C. for two seasons 1915-1916. He finished his career with North Sydney in 1919.
In August, 2006 Deane was named in the North Sydney Bears' Team of the Century .
He made his representative début for New South Wales in May 1908 against the New Zealand "All Golds" and later that year for a NSW side against the NZ Maori. In July Deane was selected in the Pioneer Kangaroo side to tour England and made his international début in the centres alongside Dally Messenger in the first Ashes Test on 22 November 1908.
Following Deane's return from the English competition in 1912 he again represented New South Wales against touring New Zealand and English sides.
During the 1914 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand Deane captained the Kangaroos in all three Ashes Tests.Australia won the second Test in July 1914 12-7. This was the first rugby league Test played at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the first Australian home victory against the English.
Deane's wider family contributed to the development of rugby league in Australia. His brothers Os and Lal both played for North Sydney. Os Deane represented New South Wales and Lal became a first grade and representative level referee. Deane's sister married his North Sydney and Australia teammate Con Sullivan and their son, Bob went on to represent Australia in 1954, and both he and another nephew Jack played for Norths as well.
After retirement he helped run the family sports store and billiards room in North Sydney and was an SP bookmaker in later life.
Denis "Dinny" Lutge was a pioneer Australian rugby league and rugby union player, a dual-code international. He was the second ever captain of the Australian national rugby league team and the first to lead the side to victory.
Arthur 'Pony' Halloway (1885–1961), was a pioneering Australian rugby league footballer and coach. Born in Sydney, New South Wales he played for the Glebe Dirty Reds (1908), Balmain Tigers and Eastern Suburbs (1912–1914), in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership. He played for New South Wales in the very first rugby match run by the newly created 'New South Wales Rugby Football League' which had just split away from the established New South Wales Rugby Football Union.
Larry 'Jersey' O'Malley (1883–1967) was a pioneer Australian rugby league player for the Eastern Suburbs club. He was the fifth Australian rugby league captain and the second from the Eastern Suburbs Club.
George William Smith was a New Zealand sportsman who excelled at track and field as well as both codes of rugby football.
Dan Frawley (1882–1967) was a pioneer Australian rugby league footballer, a national representative player. He played his career as a wing with the Eastern Suburbs club in Sydney and is considered one of the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century. A fast and agile wing, with an ability to effortlessly change direction, Frawley was at club and representative levels generally positioned on the outside of rugby league Immortal Dally Messenger, creating a formidable combination. He was a noted speedster who, on the 1908–09 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain, was acclaimed as the "100 yards champion" of the squad.
Alexander "Alex" Burdon was an Australian rugby union and pioneer professional rugby league footballer - a dual-code rugby international.
Ernest Arthur "George" Anlezark, also known as Alec, was an Australian rugby league and rugby union player – a dual-code rugby international.
Arthur Stephen "Ash" Hennessy was an Australian pioneer rugby league identity. He was a seminal figure in the creation of the South Sydney Rabbitohs for whom he played and later coached. He was a state and national representative hooker/forward and was the first captain of the Australian national rugby league team. He played for New South Wales in the very first rugby match run by the newly created 'New South Wales Rugby Football League' which had just split away from the established New South Wales Rugby Football Union. He later coached at club, state and national representative levels.
Robert Henderson Graves was a pioneer Australian rugby league and rugby union player and one of his country's first dual-code internationals. He was a versatile forward for the Australia national team. He played in 6 Tests between 1908 and 1909, as captain on 1 occasion. In 1907 he played for New South Wales in the very first rugby match run by the newly created 'New South Wales Rugby Football League' which had just split away from the established New South Wales Rugby Football Union.
Jim Craig (1895–1959) was an Australian rugby league footballer and coach. He was a versatile back for the Australian national team. He played in 7 Tests between 1921 and 1928 as captain on 3 occasions and has since been named amongst the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century. Craig was a player of unparalleled versatility. It is known that he represented in Tests at fullback, centre, halfback and hooker with some of his club & tour football played at winger, five-eighth and lock forward. Whiticker's reference reports that the great Dally Messenger regarded Craig as the greatest player Messenger ever saw.
Patrick Aloysius "Paddy" McCue was an Australian representative rugby union player and pioneer rugby league footballer.
Howard Hallett (1890–1970) was an Australian rugby league footballer and coach for South Sydney of the New South Wales Rugby League premiership. Hallett primarily played at fullback. He represented for New South Wales and Australia and is considered one of the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century
The 1908–09 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain was the first ever such tour for the newly-formed Australia national rugby league team. The tour was to England and Wales and coincided with the first Wallabies Rugby Union tour of Great Britain, which in hindsight put the Kangaroos in a tough position. The game of rugby league was not yet twelve months old in Australia however a New Zealand side had already toured to Britain, Australia had encountered New Zealand during the 1908 season and the pioneer Australian leaders of the game were keen to match up against the Northern Union founders of the code.
Alfred "Alf" Ernest Wood was an English dual-code international rugby union, and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1900s, 1910s and 1920s. He played representative level rugby union (RU) for England, and at club level for Gloucester RFC, as a fullback, i.e. number 15, and representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, and at club level for Oldham, as a fullback, i.e. number 1.
James "Jim" Sharrock was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1900s and 1910s. He played at representative level for Great Britain and England, and at club level for Wigan, as a fullback. In 1917 he joined the Wigan board of directors, and was later a secretary-manager for Rochdale Hornets.
Thomas Bertie "Bert" Jenkins was a Welsh rugby union, and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1900s, 1910s and 1920s. He played club level rugby union (RU) for Troedyrhiw RFC and Mountain Ash RFC, and representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, Wales and Lancashire, and at club level for Wigan, as a centre.
Joseph "Joe" Miller was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1900s and 1910s. He played at representative level for Great Britain and England, and at club level for Wigan, as a wing, i.e. number 2 or 5.
Jim Davis (1887–1934) was a pioneer Australian rugby league footballer. He was one of his country's first national representative players making the 1908–09 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and then had a patchy first grade club career in the first decade of the code's popularity in Sydney.
Albert Frederick Broomham (1885–1948) was a pioneer Australian rugby league footballer who played in the 1900s and 1910s. He represented for New South Wales and Australia.
| Australian national rugby league captain |