Neville Smith (rugby league)
Neville Smith (1916 - 5 June 1979) was an Australian rugby league footballer of the 1930s and 40s. After moving from Bathurst to Queensland, he played club football in the Brisbane Rugby League premiership for three seasons with Fortitude Valley and represented for the Maroons on two occasions in 1938. The following year he returned South to play in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership with the St. George club and was the League's top point-scorer that season. When he was 22, Smith was appointed the youngest captain-coach in the club's history and in 1941 he led them to their first premiership and was again the League's top point-scorer. During the grand final he was knocked unconscious in a heavy tackle but recovered to score 13 points (1 try and 5 goals).
Smith also played for New South Wales in six matches in 1940 (as captain) and 1941 but did not represent Australia because of the outbreak of war. After winning the 1941 premiership as captain-coach of St. George, he sat out the 1942 season. Smith returned for a final year as captain-coach of St. George in 1943.
- Neville Smith at yesterdayshero.com.au
- Queensland representatives at qrl.com.au
- Neville Smith at nrlstats.com