Anthony Starks

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Anthony Starks
Personal information
Full name Anthony Starks
Born 11 August 1873
Castleford, England
Died January 1952 (aged 78–79)
Hull, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1895–≥96 Castleford RUFC
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1895–≥96 Yorkshire
1896 England 2 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1904–≥04 Hull Kingston Rovers
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1904 England 1 0 0 0 0
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

Anthony Starks (born 11 August 1873 in Castleford[1] — died January 1952 (aged 78–79) in Hull[2]) was an English dual-code international rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1890s and 1900s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for England, and Yorkshire, and at club level for Castleford RUFC [1], as a Forward, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for England, and at club level for Hull Kingston Rovers, as a Prop, i.e. number 8 or 10, during the era of contested scrums. England's Anthony Starks and Wales' Jack Rhapps took the field in the inaugural rugby league international of Tuesday 5 April 1904 between England and Other Nationalities. Starks had made two rugby union Test appearances for England in 1896, and Rhapps had made a single rugby union Test appearance for Wales in 1897, and thus in April 1904 they became the world's first dual-code rugby internationals.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Anthony Starks won caps for England (RU) while at Castleford in the 25–0 victory over Wales at Rectory Field, Blackheath on 4 Jan 1896, and the 4–10 defeat by Ireland at Meanwood Road, Leeds on 1 February 1896,[3] and won a cap, and was captain for England (RL) while at Hull Kingston Rovers in the 3–9 defeat by Other Nationalities at Central Park, Wigan on Tuesday 5 April 1904, in the first ever international rugby league match.[4]

County honours[edit]

Anthony Starks won caps for Yorkshire (RU) while at Castleford in 1895–96.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Death details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Statistics at espnscrum.com". espnscrum.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Honours at castlefordrufc.org". castlefordrufc.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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