Cliff Pearce

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Clifford George Pearce (1907-1976) was an Australian rugby league footballer of the 1920s and '30s.

Club career[edit]

His primary position was as a centre.

He first played for Western Suburbs in 1929 where he played 65 games between 1929 and 1937, scoring nineteen tries and kicking six goals. During his time at Western Suburbs Pearce won a premiership with them in 1930.

He then played for Norths between 1938 and 1940 where he played five first grade games, scoring three goals.

Representative career[edit]

Pearce represented New South Wales between 1928 and 1933, playing a total of fifteen matches, scoring four tries and two goals.

Australian Test side v England 6 Jun 1932, Pearce standing 2nd from right

Pearce represented Australia in 1928 and between the years 1932 and 1934, playing seven tests against England, scoring one try. That one try came on his international debut in the third test of the 1928 Ashes series. In 1932 he played in three tests against England and then he was selected on the 1933-34 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain where he played in all three tests and 24 other tour matches. On this tour he broke his leg in a promotional match which was played against The Rest team. Due to this injury, he missed Western Suburbs second premiership title.

Coaching career[edit]

Cliff Pearce coached the North Sydney Bears for three seasons between 1947-1949.


In September 2004 Pearce was named at centre in the Western Suburbs Magpies team of the century.[1]


  1. ^ (2008). "Western Suburbs Team of the Century". Wests Archives. Western Suburbs Magpies R.L.F.C. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 


  • Whiticker, Alan; Hudson, Glen (2002). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Gary Allen. (ISBN 1-877082-02-3).