A History of Rugby in Victoria

researched & written by Ron Grainger

REPRESENTING VICTORIA

Understandably the first Victorian teams were made up of players who had been born and introduced to Rugby elsewhere, mainly in Great Britain or in the colonies of New Zealand, New South Wales or Queensland.

After World War 1 (WW1) more locally born players started to emerge as the game increased in popularity, particularly after Melbourne University re-engaged in Union competition and schools started to take up the code.

Whether or not the unattributed comment in The Argus of 20 June 1932 that ‘The players are now nearly all Victorian born and bred…’ was strictly accurate it is obvious that a major change had occurred in player demographics.

Stan Bissett

Stan Bissett

Stan Bissett: Born in St Kilda, in 1912, was the fourth Victorian born player to be selected for Australia. Unfortunately this was for the 1939 tour of Great Britain, cancelled on the team arrival in England due to the outbreak of the Second World War.

Dave Cowper

Dave Cowper

Dave Cowper: Sydney born and educated, resident of Melbourne from the age of twenty-one, first selected for Australia in 1931 and the first Victorian player to captain Australia in 1933 (against South Africa).

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This entry was posted on October 4, 2014 by in History, RUGBY in VICTORIA.