John Coveney

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John Coveney
Personal information
Full name John Coveney
Born (1958-10-06) 6 October 1958 (age 56)[1]
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–77 Goulburn United
1977–83 Canterbury 100 2 0 0 6
1984 Wests (Sydney) 12 0 0 0 0
Total 112 2 0 0 6
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1979–82 New South Wales 5 0 0 0 0
1982 City NSW 1 0 0 0 0
Source: [2]

John Coveney is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1970s and '80s. A New South Wales state representative forward, he played in he NSWRFL Premiership for Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (with whom he won the (1980 Grand final) and Western Suburbs Magpies.

From Narromine, New South Wales Coveney was playing with Goulburn United when he was selected in Country Seconds in 1977. He was lured to Sydney to join the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs during the 1977 NSWRFL season. He played in Canterbury's 1977 semi-final loss to the Parramatta Eels and featured throughout his club's successful 1979 season though he missed the Grand final with a leg injury.[1] Also in 1979 Coveney was selected in the New South Wales rugby league team for the annual series against Queensland and he made three appearances for his State in matches played under the "state of residence" selection criteria.

Coveney was an integral part of the club's stellar 1980 season including their 1980 NSWRFL season's Grand final win over Eastern Suburbs Roosters.[3] In the 1982 State of Origin series - the first full 3-match series played under the State of Origin selection criteria - he made two appearances for New South Wales at prop forward.[4] In 1984 he was one of the Western Suburbs Magpies' major signings for the year. He made twelve first grade appearances for the Magpies.


  • Whiticker, Alan & Hudson, Glen (2006) The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players, Gavin Allen Publishing, Sydney
  • Haddan, Steve (2007) The Finals - 100 Years of National Rugby League Finals, Steve Haddan Publishing, Brisbane


  1. ^ a b Alan Whiticker. "John Coveney". Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson and Bill Bates. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Whiticker/Hudson p. 104
  3. ^ Haddan p. 215
  4. ^ Whiticker/Hudson p. 104