Les Cubitt

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Les Cubitt
Personal information
Full name Leslie Clyde Cubitt
Nickname Boxhead
Born 1892
Sydney, New South Wales
Died 10 November 1968
Katoomba, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Centre, Five-eighth
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1911 Glebe Dirty Reds 16 9 5 0 37
1913–22 Eastern Suburbs 93 53 8 0 165
Total 109 62 13 0 202
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1911–19 New South Wales 10 36
1919–22 Australia 4 5 0 0 15
Source: Rugby League Project and Yesterday's Hero

Les Cubitt (1892 –1968) was an Australian representative rugby league player, a Centre or Five-eighth whose club career was with Eastern Suburbs and the Glebe Dirty Reds. He is considered one of the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century.[1]

Club career[edit]

Cubitt commenced his club career at just eighteen years of age with Glebe playing alongside his brother Charlie Cubitt (1891-1968) in the 1911 Grand Final loss to Eastern Suburbs. In 1913 Les Cubitt joined the Roosters where he played for the next nine seasons winning a premiership in 1913.

Representative career[edit]

He was first selected for New South Wales in 1911 but had to wait until the end of the First World War to make his national representative debut. He played in the centres in all four Tests of Australia's first tour of New Zealand in 1919 scoring four tries in the tests and 17 tries in the last three tour matches.

He was selected as captain of the 1921-22 "Australasian" Kangaroos which had two New Zealanders in the squad. He concealed a serious knee injury which he aggravated on the tour in England and which led to his eventual retirement in 1922.

Accolades[edit]

In February 2008, Cubitt was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia.[2]

Glebe RLC 1911 McKivat (centre with ball), flanked by R Algie left F Burge right

Sources[edit]

  • Whiticker, Alan & Hudson, Glen (2006) The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players, Gavin Allen Publishing, Sydney

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