|Full name||Robert Edward O'Reilly|
16 February 1949 |
Rocklea, Queensland, Australia
|Position||Front row forward|
|1970–74||New South Wales||9||0||0||0||0|
Bob O'Reilly is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. An Australian international and New South Wales interstate representative prop forward, he played in the New South Wales Rugby League premiership, mainly for the Parramatta Eels, but also for the Eastern Suburbs Roosters and Penrith Panthers.
Nicknamed 'The Bear', O'Reilly also represented Australia on several occasions, including the Kangaroos' victory in the 1970 World Cup. Bob O'Reilly in names on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 450.
Over a decade later O'Reilly was part of Parramatta's first ever premiership-winning team of 1981. He held the record for highest number of first grade games at 284 until overtaken by Geoff Gerard.
- ARL Annual Report 2005, page 56
- Bob O'Reilly at yesterdayshero.com.au
- Sydney Morning Herald : 24 September 1981 (page 56)