|Full name||Richard Huddart|
22 June 1936 |
Flimby, Cumberland, England
|Height||6 ft (183 cm)|
|Weight||15 st (95 kg)|
Dick Huddart (born 22 June 1936) is an English-Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1950s, '60s and '70s. A Great Britain and England international representative forward, he played club football in England for Whitehaven and St. Helens (with whom he won the 1961 Challenge Cup), and in Australia for St. George (with whom he won the 1966 NSWRFL Premiership). Huddart is both a Whitehaven, and St. Helens Hall of Fame inductee. He is also the father of professional rugby league footballer, Milton Huddart.
Huddart was born in Flimby, Cumberland. After playing amateur rugby for Risehow, he turned professional, signing with Whitehaven for £250. Later that year he became the first Whitehaven player to be selected to play for the Great Britain Lions, touring Australia with them and winning the Ashes. He won caps for Great Britain while at Whitehaven in 1958 against Australia (2 matches), and New Zealand (2 matches). Upon his return, Huddart decided to move to St Helens, signing with them in October, 1958. While at St. Helens he played for Great Britain in 1959 against Australia, in 1961 against New Zealand (3 matches), in 1962 against France (2 matches), Australia (3 matches), and New Zealand (2 matches), and in 1963 against Australia. Huddart went on to win the Lance Todd Trophy for man-of-the-match in the 1961 Challenge Cup final. He also helped Great Britain retain the Ashes in the 1962 tour of Australia. Huddart won a cap for England while at St. Helens in 1962 against France.
Huddart moved to Australia to play for NSWRFL club St. George from the 1964 season. It was hoped he could help fill the large shoes left in the record-breaking champion St. George side's second-row by the retiring Norm Provan. Huddart went on to help the Dragons continue their dominance in that period, scoring a try in the 1966 NSWRFL season's Grand Final win against Balmain. The turning point of that match came when Huddart and Ian Walsh put on a set move as the Balmain defence rushed up too early. Walsh burst through the line and with only the fullback to beat and passed the ball to Huddart who raced 30 yards to score. Huddart thus became the first Great Britain Test player to win a premiership in Australia.
Huddart returned to England in 1970–71 to play a final season with Whitehaven.
- England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
- Dick Huddart at saints.org.uk
- Dick Huddart at yesterdayshero.com.au
- St. George Dragons history at showroom.com.au/dragons
- Whitehaven RLFC Immortals at marras.co.uk
- When Haven beat the Aussies