Des Connor

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Des Connor
Full name Desmond Michael Connor
Date of birth (1935-08-09) 9 August 1935 (age 79)
Place of birth Ashgrove, QLD
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
School Marist College Ashgrove
Occupation(s) School Teacher
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Brothers Old Boys
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1954–59 Queensland
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
 New Zealand

Desmond Michael Connor (born 9 August 1935 in Ashgrove, QLD) is an Australian former rugby union halfback who represented internationally for both the Australian and New Zealand national rugby union teams. He is an inductee in the Australian Rugby Union Hall of Fame.

Australian rugby career[edit]

After taking up the game at the Marist Brothers Ashgrove, Connor honed his skills further with the Brothers club. He made his representative debut for Queensland in 1954 and made further appearances for the state over the next five years. [1]

He was selected in Australian national squad for the Wallabies 1957–58 Australia rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland and France. Connor made his Australian test debut on 4 January 1958 against Wales and played in all five internationals on the Australian tour. Later that year he captained the Wallabies in Tests against the New Zealand Māori rugby union team, and then played against the All Blacks on a tour of New Zealand.[2]

At the start of the 1960s he left Australia to continue his teaching career in New Zealand.[2]

New Zealand rugby career[edit]

Following his move to New Zealand he was capped 12 times by the All Blacks, with a record of 10 wins, a draw and a defeat. The defeat came in his final match in 1964, against Australia at Wellington.[3]


He was to return to Australian rugby as a coach firstly at Brisbane Brothers, then Queensland and Australia. He led the Wallabies in that role in their home series against New Zealand in 1968. A keen tactician and student of the game, Connor studied the rulebook and after consulting with referees he introduced in the first Test, the first short lineout used in the southern hemisphere. This tactic is now a common part of the game at all levels. [4] Connor also oversaw the 1969 Australia rugby union tour of South Africa. He was an Australian selector in 1970 and 1971. [5]


  1. ^ Howell p159
  2. ^ a b ARU (10 September 2008). "Des Connor inducted into Wallabies Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Huw Richards (30 July 2010). "Trans-Tasman rivals break new ground". ESPN Scrum. ESPN EMEA Ltd. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Howell p159
  5. ^ "Desmond Connor". espn scrum. ESPN. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 

External links[edit]

Published sources[edit]

  • Howell, Max (2005) Born to Lead – Wallaby Test Captains, Celebrity Books, Auckland NZ
Preceded by
Bob Davidson
Australian national rugby union captain
Succeeded by
Charles Wilson (rugby)