John Thorley

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John Thorley
Personal information
Full name G. M. John Thorley
Born Wales
Playing information
Rugby union
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Neath RFC
Rugby league
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
12 Apr 1952–16 Jan 60 Halifax 261 27 0 0 81
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Other Nationalities 2
≥1952–≤60 Wales 2
1954 Great Britain 4 0 0 0 0
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

G. M. John Thorley is a Welsh rugby union and professional Rugby League World Cup winning footballer of the 1950s and '60s, playing club level rugby union (RU) for Neath RFC, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, Wales, and Other Nationalities, and at club level for Halifax, as a Prop, i.e. number 8 or 10, during the era of contested scrums.[1]

International honours[edit]

John Thorley won caps for Other Nationalities (RL) while at Halifax circa-1952…60 2-caps, won caps for Wales (RL) while at Halifax 1953…1959 (2?)3-caps, and won caps for Great Britain (RL) while at Halifax in the 1954 Rugby League World Cup against Australia, France, New Zealand, and France.[2]

John Thorley played Left-Prop, i.e. number 8 in all four of Great Britain's 1954 Rugby League World Cup matches, including Great Britain's 16-12 victory over France in the 1954 Rugby League World Cup final at Parc des Princes, Paris on 13 November 1954.

John Thorley also represented Great Britain while at Halifax between 1952 and 1956 against France (1 non-Test match).[3]

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

John Thorley played Left-Prop, i.e. number 8, in Halifax's 4-4 draw with Warrington in the 1953–54 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 1 May 1954, and the 4-18 defeat in the 1953–54 Challenge Cup final replay at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Wednesday 5 May 1954 in front of a 102,569+ crowd.

Honoured at Halifax[edit]

John Thorley is a Halifax Hall Of Fame Inductee.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  2. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Edgar, Harry (2007). Rugby League Journal Annual 2008 Page-110. Rugby League Journal Publishing. ISBN 0-9548355-3-0
  4. ^ "Halifax Hall of Fame". halifaxrlfc.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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