Benny Wearing

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Benny Wearing
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Wearing
Born 1901
Redfern, New South Wales
Died 9 April 1968
Maroubra, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1921–33 South Sydney 173 144 202 0 836
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1924–28 New South Wales 12 9 22 0 71
1928 Australia 1 2 3 0 12

Benny Wearing (1901–1968) was an Australian rugby league footballer of the 1920s and 30s. An Australian international and New South Wales representative three-quarter, he played his club football in the NSWRFL Premiership for the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Wearing was the third player in Australian rugby league history to score 100 premiership tries.

Playing career[edit]

Wearing was a prodigious try-scoring wing three-quarter and scored all of Souths' 12 points in their grand final loss in 1923. He then went on to play a major part in South Sydney's 7 premiership victories between 1925 and 1932.

For the seasons 1925 and 1928 he was the NSW Rugby League's top point scorer and in three consecutive seasons from 1926 to 1928 he was the League's top try scorer, a feat only ever achieved by two other players - Gordon Wright in the 1920s and Nathan Blacklock 1999 to 2001.

Having been representing New South Wales since 1924, Wearing debuted for Australia in the 3rd dead rubber Test of 1928 against the touring British Lions side. He scored two tries and kicked three goals to help Australia to a 21 to 14 victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In spite of that contribution and good club form in 1929 he was overlooked by selectors for the 1929–30 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain. Wearing is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 150. [1]

Wearing retired having plyed 173 first grade games for Souths between 1921 and 1933 which stood as the club record till Jack Rayner eclipsed it in the late 1950s. He scored 836 points for the Rabbitohs (144 tries and 202 goals) which stood as the club record for several decades. His 144 career tries for the Rabbitohs stood as the club record for over eight decades until it was broken in 2014 by Nathan Merritt when he scored his 145th try in a 18-2 victory over the Penrith Panthers.

Accolades[edit]

In February 2008, Wearing 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.[2][3]

References[edit]

  • Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League, Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney
  • NRL Official 2007 Season Guide, News Magazines Surry Hills Sydney, for the National Rugby League

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ ARL Annual Report 2005, page 53
  2. ^ Peter Cassidy (23 February 2008). "Controversy reigns as NRL releases top 100 players". Macquarie National News. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  3. ^ "Centenary of Rugby League - The Players". NRL & ARL. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-23.