Vic Armbruster

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Vic Armbruster
V. Armbruster - Rochdale Hornets.jpg
Ogden's Cigarette card featuring Vic Armbruster
Personal information
Born(1902-07-12)12 July 1902
Meerschaum Vale, New South Wales, Australia
Died11 October 1984(1984-10-11) (aged 82)
Playing information
Position Second-row
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1921–23Mullumbimby
1924–25Valleys (Toowoomba)
1926–28 Grammars (Brisbane)
1929–30 Fortitude Valley
1931Bundaberg
1931–35 Rochdale Hornets
Total00000
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1922 New South Wales 10000
1924–31 Queensland 2693033
1924–30 Australia 82006
Other Nationalities 1003

Louis Victor Armbruster [1] (born 12 July 1902 – 11 October 1984) was an Australian rugby league footballer for New South Wales, Queensland and Australia. He is considered one of the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century. [2] Standing 6 feet 1 inches tall (1.85m) and weighing 191 lbs (86 kg), Armbruster primarily played in the Second-row, but he could also play Lock. [3]

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Armbruster was born in the small farming community of Meerschaum Vale, New South Wales near Lismore. Since beginning his rugby league in 1922, he has played over 230 games, including 8 for Australia, scoring 63 tries and winning a premiership in his career. [4]

Playing career

Armbruster's grade career commenced in the country at Mullumbimby, New South Wales from where he gained state selection for New South Wales in 1922. He played in the historic match of 1922 which saw Queensland beat New South Wales for the first time since 1908. Many of the victorious Queenslanders that day would later be Armbruster's state and national team-mates. [5]

Armbruster back row 2nd player from right, with the Kangaroos 1st Test, 5 October 1929 Kangaroos 1st Test 1929.jpg
Armbruster back row 2nd player from right, with the Kangaroos 1st Test, 5 October 1929

Along with his future Kangaroo captain Tom Gorman and state/national teammate Herb Steinohrt, Armbruster was a member of the 1924-25 world class Toowoomba side that beat all-comers including Sydney premiers Souths, Brisbane, Ipswich and representative sides including New South Wales, Victoria, Great Britain and New Zealand.

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While playing with Toowoomba, Armbruster first gained national selection appearing in the 2nd and 3rd Tests of the 1924 domestic Ashes series against Great Britain.

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In February 2008, Armbruster 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. [6] [7]

In 2008, rugby league in Australia's centenary year, Armbruster was named on the bench of both the Bundaberg Rugby League's and Toowoomba and South West teams of the century. [8] [9] He was also inducted in the National Rugby League Hall of Fame. [10]

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