Watty Friend

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Watty Friend
Birth nameWalter Smale Friend [1]
Date of birth19 September 1898 [2] [3]
Place of birth Burwood, New South Wales, Australia
Date of death20 February 1983 [2]
School The King's School
Rugby union career
Position(s) lock [1]
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
Glebe-Balmain [3] 56 [3] ()
Provincial / State sides
YearsTeamApps(Points)
1920-23 [3] Waratahs [3] 10 [3] ()
National team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
1920–23 [1] Waratahs 10 [1] (0) [1]

Walter Smale "Watty" Friend (19 September 1898 – 20 February 1983) was an Australian rugby union player, a state and national representative lock forward in the 1920s. Ten of his New South Wales state appearances have since been decreed as Test matches by the Australian Rugby Union and Friend, who led the side in three such matches in 1923, was therefore a captain of the Australian national team.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, commonly known in most of the world simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.

New South Wales Waratahs Super Rugby franchise based in Sydney

The New South Wales Waratahs ( or ; referred to as the Waratahs, are an Australian rugby union team representing the majority of New South Wales in the Super Rugby competition. The Riverina and other southern parts of the state, are represented by the Brumbies, who are based in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

A test match in rugby union is an international match, usually played between two senior national teams, that is recognised as such by at least one of the teams' national governing bodies.

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Rugby career

Following his time at The King's School in Sydney, Friend starting his club rugby at the Glebe-Balmain club [4] alongside his older brother R.M Friend. [3] He was selected in a New South Wales 2nd XV who met a visiting New Zealand All Blacks side and when he impressed in that performance he was selected in a Sydney Metropolitan side and the state representative side to play those same tourists. [1] With no Queensland Rugby Union administration or competition in place from 1919 to 1929, the New South Wales Waratahs were the top Australian representative rugby union side of the period and a number of their 1920s fixtures played against full international opposition were decreed in 1986 as official Test matches.

The Kings School, Parramatta private school in Sydney, Australia

The King's School is a private, Anglican, day and boarding school for boys, located in North Parramatta in the western suburbs of Sydney. Founded in 1831, it claims to be Australia's oldest independent school. The School is situated on a 148-hectare (365-acre) campus.

The Queensland Rugby Union, or QRU, is the governing body for the sport of rugby union within the state of Queensland in Australia. It is a member and founding union of Rugby Australia.

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

In 1921 he figured in three matches for New South Wales against the visiting Springboks. Howell notes that Friends was one of the Waratahs' top players. [3] In 1922 he appeared in all three matches again when the All Blacks visited Sydney, with second and third matches wins resulting in a rare series victory of those days to the Waratahs over the All Blacks. In 1923 New Zealand Māori rugby union team visited and Friend was honoured with the captaincy of New South Wales in a three match series in which the Waratahs were undefeated.

South Africa national rugby union team national sports team

The South Africa national rugby union team, commonly known as the Springboks, is governed by the South African Rugby Union. The Springboks play in green and gold jerseys with white shorts, and their emblems are the Springbok and the King Protea. The team has been representing South Africa in international rugby union since 30 July 1891, when they played their first test match against a British Isles touring team.

Friend, claimed a total of ten international rugby caps for Australia all of them played at home in Sydney. His record as national captain is unblemished with three appearances and three wins.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Scrum.com player profile of Watty Friend". Scrum.com. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  2. 1 2 "Walter Smale Friend". ESPN scrum. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Howell pp76-77
  4. "Drummoyne Club History". Drummoynerugby.com.au. Retrieved 1 Aug 2011.

Bibliography

Preceded by
Darby Loudon
Australian national rugby union captain
1923
Succeeded by
Billy Sheehan