Jimmy Clark (rugby union)

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Jimmy Clark
Full name James Goode Clark[1]
Date of birth (1908-09-24)24 September 1908[1]
Place of birth Mount Perry, Queensland [1]
Date of death 11 April 1979[1]
School Gregory Terrace[2]
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position flanker[1]
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
University of Queensland
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1930-34 Queensland 25[2]
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1931-33[1] Wallabies 5[1] 0[1]

Jimmy Clark (9 September 1908 – 11 April 1979) was an Australian rugby union player, a flanker who made five representative Test appearances for the Australian national team in the 1930s, captaining in the side in one of these matches. He made 15 appearances for the Queensland state team from 1930 being the period of the revival of the code in Queensland, following its dormancy since World War I.

Rugby career[edit]

Clark was born in Mount Perry near Bundaberg, Queensland[1] and attended St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace.

He made his state representative debut for Queensland against a visiting British side in 1930. The following year he was picked in the national team to tour to New Zealand as vice-captain to Syd Malcolm. He played in seven of the tour's ten matches including two Tests. One of these Tests was against a New Zealand Māori rugby union team and Clark captained the side. It was a mid-week tour match at the time, but was decreed in 1986 as a Test match by the Australian Rugby Union. Accordingly Clark posthumously earned the honour of being a Wallaby Test captain. His brother Phil Clark was also on that tour. [2]

In 1932 he played in two domestic Test matches when New Zealand toured Australia. The following year he was selected for the first-ever Wallaby tour of South Africa. He played in one Test on tour and in eight other minor matches with injury restricting his game time on the tour.

Preceded by
Bob Loudon
Australian national rugby union captain
Succeeded by
Dave Cowper



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Scrum.com player profile of Jim Clark". Scrum.com. Retrieved 12 Jan 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Howell 101


  • Howell, Max (2005) Born to Lead - Wallaby Test Captains, Celebrity Books, Auckland NZ