List of South Sydney Rabbitohs players

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Following are lists of Australian representative, State representative and other notable players who have played first grade rugby league for the South Sydney Rabbitohs Rugby League Football Club.

Club Internationals - Australia[edit]

The following players have represented Australia whilst playing for South Sydney.

Note that Jim Morgan was selected as a reserve for Australia whilst as a player for South Sydney but did not actually take the field in the representative match.

Represented Australia before or after playing with South Sydney[edit]

The following players have represented Australia either before or after they played for South Sydney.

Club Internationals - New Zealand[edit]

The following players have represented New Zealand whilst playing for South Sydney.

1 Represented New Zealand All Golds in 2007

Club Internationals - Other Countries[edit]

The following players have represented other rugby league playing nations (i.e. other than Australia or New Zealand) whilst playing for South Sydney.

Represented other countries before or after playing with South Sydney[edit]

The following players have represented other rugby league playing nations (i.e. other than Australia) either before or after they played for South Sydney.

Australian Test Captains[edit]

New Zealand Test Captains[edit]

Australian World Cup Captains[edit]

State of Origin Representatives[edit]

The following players have represented either New South Wales or Queensland in State of Origin rugby league whilst playing for South Sydney.

Captains (since 1946)[edit]

George Piggins Medal[edit]

Since 2003 the South Sydney Rabbitohs have awarded the "George Piggins Medal" to their best and fairest player of the season.[1]

South Sydney "Dream Team"[edit]

The South Sydney Rabbitohs' greatest club side in history, the "South Sydney Dream Team", was announced in Sydney on 29 July, 2004. The team consists of 17 players and a coach representing the South Sydney Rabbitohs Football Club from 1908 through to 2004.

The team spans the history of the code of rugby league in Australia and has collectively played 2,135 first grade games for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, 158 games for New South Wales, 3 games for Queensland and 158 Tests for Australia.

The "South Sydney Dream Team" is:

  • FullbackClive Churchill (164 games for Souths between 1947-58, 27 games for NSW, 34 Tests for Australia. Coached Souths to four premierships in 1967, 1968, 1970 and 1971).
  • WingerHarold Horder (86 games for Souths between 1912-19 & 1924, 9 games for NSW, 13 Tests for Australia).
  • CentreHerb Gilbert (23 games for Souths between 1911-12 & 1915, 3 games for NSW, 7 Tests for Australia).
  • CentrePaul Sait (163 games for Souths between 1968-78, 5 games for NSW, 7 Tests for Australia).
  • WingerIan Moir (118 games for Souths between 1952-58, 10 games for NSW, 8 Tests for Australia).
  • Five-eighthJack Hand (102 games for Souths between 1962-68, 8 games for NSW, 6 Tests for Australia).
  • HalfbackBob Grant (136 games for Souths between 1966-75, 2 games for NSW, 1 Test for Australia).
  • LockDaniel Hand (151 games for Souths between 1964-71, 13 games for NSW, 13 Tests for Australia).
  • Second RowBob McCarthy (211 games for Souths between 1963-75 & 1978, 10 games for NSW, 10 Tests for Australia).
  • Second RowGeorge Treweek (120 games for Souths between 1926-34, 7 games for NSW, 18 Tests for Australia).
  • PropJohn O'Neill (150 games for Souths between 1965-71 & 1975-76, 5 games for NSW, 2 Tests for Australia).
  • HookerElwyn Walters (129 games for Souths between 1967-73, 11 games for NSW, 12 Tests for Australia).
  • PropJohn Sattler (Captain, 195 games for Souths between 1963-72, 4 games for NSW, 3 games for Queensland, 4 Tests for Australia).
  • ReserveGreg Hawick (84 games for Souths between 1950-56, 8 games for NSW, 6 Tests for Australia).
  • ReserveRay Branighan (52 games for Souths between 1968-71, 5 games for NSW, 8 Tests for Australia).
  • ReserveIan Roberts (65 games for Souths between 1986-89, 11 games for NSW, 13 Tests for Australia).
  • ReserveLes Cowie (176 games for Souths between 1947-57, 10 games for NSW, 6 Tests for Australia).
  • CoachJack Rayner (Played 194 games for Souths between 1946-57, 11 games for NSW, 5 Tests for Australia. Coached Souths to five premierships in 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954 and 1955).

"The Magnificent XIII"[edit]

In 2002 on the Rabbitohs readmission to the competition, The Magnificent XIII,[2] a team consisting of great South Sydney players over the years was selected by a panel of rugby league journalists and former Souths players and coaches. The team consists of 17 players (four being reserves) and a coach representing the South Sydney Rabbitohs Football Club from 1908 through to 2002.

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1 Australia FB Clive Churchill (c)
2 Australia WG Harold Horder
3 Australia CE Ray Branighan
4 Australia CE Paul Sait
5 Australia WG Ian Moir
6 Australia FE Alf Blair
7 Australia HB Bob Grant
8 Australia PR John Sattler
9 Australia HK George Piggins
No. Position Player
10 Australia PR John O'Neill
11 Australia SR Jack Rayner
12 Australia SR Bob McCarthy
13 Australia LK Ron Coote
14 Australia RE Terry Fahey
15 Australia RE Ziggy Niszczot
16 Australia RE Elwyn Walters
17 Australia RE George Treweek
Australia CO Bernie Purcell (coach)

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Club records". rabbitohs.com.au. South Sydney Rabbitohs. 2007. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  2. ^ See "The Magnificent XIII" in the article Hall of Fame in Souths The People's Team, edited by Angus Fontaine, League Week, ACP Publishing, 2002.

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