Other Nationalities rugby league team

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Other Nationalities
First game
 England 3–9 Other Nationalities
(Wigan, England; 5 April 1904)
Biggest win
 England 10–35 Other Nationalities
(Wigan, England; 11 April 1951)

Other Nationalities 30–5 Wales 
(Bradford, England; 7 October 1953)
Biggest defeat
Lancashire Lancashire 36–7 Other Nationalities
(St Helens, England; 25 November 1975)

The Other Nationalities rugby league team regularly played international, and also county, rugby league football teams in Europe from 1904 to 1975. The team, created in 1904 to play England in the first ever rugby league international match,[1] was at first made up of Welsh and Scottish players. However as rugby league in England grew, and more players from other countries were brought over to England to play in the domestic competitions, Other Nationalities were later represented by players from Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Other Nationalities wore green shirts.

Two Scottish players featured in the first ever Rugby League test match, played in 1907 between a Northern Union representative XIII and a team of Other Nationalities, George Frater captaining the victorious Other Nationalities.[2] England were the most regular opponents for the Other Nationalities team, having played them 15 times. But in the 1950s, on entry to the European Nations Cup, they also played Wales and France. In 1964 Other Nationalities played their only match in the Southern Hemisphere in a one-off match vs Sydney Colts at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The match was played as a curtain-raiser to the Australia vs France 3rd Test and was arranged in order to boost the attendance due to France's poor form on tour. The team was made up of foreign players from the NSWRL competition that year plus two Frenchmen that missed selection in France's 3rd Test team. In 1965, Other Nationalities also played New Zealand in a Kiwi tour match at Crystal Palace, London. In 1974 and 1975 the team competed in the County Championship, facing Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Cumbria, twice each over both years.

Since 1975 the team became redundant, with Wales, Scotland and Ireland now having their own separate national teams and European-based New Zealanders now able to play for their country too. However due to the success of the All Stars match in Australia between the Indigenous All Stars and the NRL All Stars, new England head coach Steve McNamara proposed a plan to revive the concept, under the name Exiles, in 2011 in a hope of providing England with a more challenging opposition in preparation of playing and staying competitive against nations like Australia and New Zealand after the 2010 thrashing of France 60-6 followed by England's poor results in the 2010 Four Nations Tournament.

Results (Incomplete)[edit]

Date Result Competition Venue Attendance
5 April 1904  England 3-9 Other Nationalities Friendly Wigan 6,000
2 January 1905 England England 26-11 Other Nationalities Friendly Bradford 6,000
1 January 1906 England England 3-3 Other Nationalities Friendly Wigan 8,000
5 February 1921 England England 33-16 Other Nationalities Friendly Workington
15 October 1924 England England 17-23 Other Nationalities Friendly Leeds 3,000
4 February 1926 England England 37-11 Other Nationalities Friendly Whitehaven 7,000
20 March 1929 England England 27-20 Other Nationalities Friendly Leeds 5,000
7 April 1930 England England 19-35 Other Nationalities Friendly Halifax 2,000
1 October 1930 England England 31-18 Other Nationalities Friendly St Helens 10,000
30 March 1933 England England 34-27 Other Nationalities Friendly Workington 11,000
19 September 1949 England England 7-13 Other Nationalities 1949–50 European Rugby League Championship Workington 17,500
22 October 1949  Wales 5-6 Other Nationalities 1949–50 European Rugby League Championship Abertillery 2,000
15 January 1950  France 8-3 Other Nationalities 1949–50 European Rugby League Championship Marseille 25,000
10 December 1950 France France 16-3 Other Nationalities 1950–51 European Rugby League Championship Bordeaux 28,000
31 March 1951 Wales Wales 21-27 Other Nationalities 1950–51 European Rugby League Championship Swansea 5,000
11 April 1951 England England 10-35 Other Nationalities 1950–51 European Rugby League Championship Wigan 17,000
3 November 1951 Other Nationalities 17-14 France France 1951–52 European Rugby League Championship Hull 18,000
1 December 1951 Wales Wales 11-22 Other Nationalities 1951–52 European Rugby League Championship Abertillery 3,386
23 April 1952 England England 31-18 Other Nationalities 1951–52 European Rugby League Championship Wigan 20,000
18 October 1952 England England 12-31 Other Nationalities 1952–53 European Rugby League Championship Huddersfield 20,000
23 November 1952 France France 10-29 Other Nationalities 1952–53 European Rugby League Championship Marseille 18,000
15 April 1953 Other Nationalities 16-18 Wales Wales 1952–53 European Rugby League Championship Warrington 8,449
7 October 1953 Other Nationalities 30-5 Wales Wales 1953–54 European Rugby League Championship Bradford 14,646
18 October 1953 France France 15-10 Other Nationalities 1953–54 European Rugby League Championship Bordeaux 12,000
28 November 1953 England England 30-22 Other Nationalities 1953–54 European Rugby League Championship Wigan 19,000
12 September 1955 England England 33-16 Other Nationalities 1955–56 European Rugby League Championship Wigan 18,234
19 October 1955 Other Nationalities 32-19 France France 1955–56 European Rugby League Championship Leigh
18 July 1964 Sydney Colts 25-16 Other Nationalities Curtain-raiser to Australia vs France 3rd Test Sydney Cricket Ground 16,731
18 August 1965 Other Nationalities 7-15 New ZealandNew Zealand Kiwi Tour Match Crystal Palace, London
11 September 1974 LancashireLancashire 14-13 Other Nationalities County Championship Salford 2,000
18 September 1974 YorkshireYorkshire ?-? Other Nationalities County Championship Hull
25 September 1974 CumbriaCumbria rugby league team ?-? Other Nationalities County Championship Whitehaven
25 November 1975 LancashireLancashire 36-7 Other Nationalities County Championship St Helens 2,000
6 December 1975 YorkshireYorkshire ?-? Other Nationalities County Championship Bradford
20 December 1975 CumbriaCumbria rugby league team ?-? Other Nationalities County Championship Barrow

Player Statistics (incomplete)[edit]

Name Surname Club Nationality Games Tries Goals Drops Points
Trevor Allan Allan Leigh Australia AUS 3 0 0 12
Andrews 1 0 0 4
Vic Armbruster Armbruster Rochdale Hornets Australia AUS 1 0 0 3
Ambrose Baker 1924 Baker Oldham Wales WAL 1
David "Dave" Barends †† Barends Bradford Northern South Africa SAF 2 0 0 8
Robert "Bob" Bartlett Bartlett (Bramley circa-1948) Leeds Australia AUS 1 0 0 4
Harry Bath Bath Warrington Australia AUS 10 1 20 0 44
John "Jack" R. Beames (#11/#12) circa-1913…22 Beames Halifax Wales WAL 1
Beattie 1 0 0 4
Brian Bevan (#2) circa-1951 Bevan Warrington Australia AUS 15 26 0 0 104
N. Black Black 1 0 0 4
David Booysen Booysen Wigan South Africa SAF 1 0 0 4
Billy Boston Boston Wigan Wales WAL 3 0 0 12
P. J. Brady (#7) circa-1904 † Brady Huddersfield Wales WAL
Lou Brown Brown Wigan New Zealand NZ 5 0 0 20
Herbert Buckler (#12) circa-1904 † Buckler Salford Wales WAL
Jeffrey "Jeff" Burke (#12) circa-1951 Burke Leigh
Joe Busch Busch Leeds Australia AUS 1 1 0 0 4
T. Cheshire Cheshire Bramley
Arthur Clues (#11) circa-1951 Clues Leeds / Hunslet Australia AUS 14 2 0 0 8
Percy Coldrick circa-1921 Coldrick Wigan Wales WAL 1 0 0 0 0
Bert Cook Cook Leeds/Keighley/Dewsbury New Zealand NZ 0 3 0 6
Lionel Cooper (#5) circa-1951 Cooper Huddersfield Australia AUS 14 11 0 0 44
Kel Coslett Coslett St. Helens Wales WAL 1 0 2 0 4
John "Jack" Daly Daly Huddersfield / Featherstone Ireland IRE 7 1 0 0 4
Daniel "Dan" Davies Davies Swinton Wales WAL 1 2 0 0 8
Eli Davies circa-1904 † Davies Wigan Wales WAL
William Davies circa-1921 Davies Leeds Wales WAL 1 0 0 0
James "Jim" Dechan circa-1905 Dechan Bradford Scotland SCO? 1 0 0 4
Pat Devery (#4) circa-1951 Devery Huddersfield Australia AUS 11 3 19 0 50
Wyndham Emery Emery Leigh Wales WAL 1 0 0 0 0
Frank Evans Evans Swinton Wales WAL 2 1 0 0 4
Fielding Fielding Salford Wales WAL 1 0 0 4
C. Forster Forster Bramley
Ike J. Fowler circa-1921 Fowler Batley Wales WAL
George Frater (#10) (Captain) circa-1904 † Frater Oldham Scotland SCO
Bruce Gibbs circa-1975 Gibbs Workington Town Australia AUS
Bryn Goldswain 1955 Goldswain Oldham Wales WAL 1
Bernard Gould circa-1921 Gould Leeds Wales WAL 1 0 0 0 0
Gordon Gray Gray Huddersfield Scotland SCO 1 0 0 4
Ben Gronow circa-1921 Gronow Huddersfield Wales WAL 1 1 5 0 13
Gomer Gunn circa-1905 Gunn Bradford Wales WAL 0 1 0 2
Trevor Hall [1] Hall St. Helens / Rochdale Hornets New Zealand NZ 1 0 0 4
Roy Hardgrave [2] Hardgrave St. Helens / York New Zealand NZ 1 0 0 4
David "Dai" Harris circa-1904 † Harris Wigan Wales WAL 1 0 0 4
Harrison [3]? 2 0 0 8
Peter Henderson (#6) circa-1951 Henderson Huddersfield New Zealand NZ 4 0 0 16
Andrew Hogg Hogg Broughton Scotland SCO
Johnny Hunter (#1) circa-1951 Hunter Huddersfield Australia AUS 8 0 0 0 0
Lou Hutt [4] Hutt St. Helens New Zealand NZ 1 0 0 4
James [5]? 1 0 0 4
Francis Jarvis Jarvis Bradford Northern
Jenkins [6]? Wales WAL? 1 0 0 4
Sidney Jerram circa-1921 Jerram Wigan Wales WAL 1 0 0 0 0
Lewis Jones Jones Wales WAL 2 1 9 0 21
Cec Kelly (#7) circa-1951 Kelly Rochdale Hornets 6 1 0 0 4
Robert "Bob" Kelly (#10/#11) circa-1955…56 Kelly Wakefield Trinity Ireland IRE
Bill Kilpatrick 1930 Kilpatrick Oldham 1
Roy Muir Kinnear Kinnear Wigan Scotland SCO 3 3 0 0 12
Alex Laidlaw circa-1905 Laidlaw Bradford Scotland SCO
David J. Lewis (#5) circa-1904 † Lewis Oldham Wales WAL
Steve Llewellyn Llewellyn St. Helens Wales WAL 1 0 0 4
T. D. Llewellyn (#3) circa-1904 † Llewellyn Leeds Wales WAL
Tommy Lynch Lynch Halifax New Zealand NZ 4
Leonard "Len" Mason [7] Mason Wigan New Zealand NZ 4 1 0 0 4
Thomas "Tom" McKinney (#9) circa-1951 McKinney Salford Ireland IRE 7 0 0 0 0
Bob McMaster [8] (#8) circa-1951 McMaster Leeds Australia AUS 6 0 0 0 0
James "Jim" Mills Mills Wales WAL 1 0 0 4
James "Jim" G. Moffatt (#9) circa-1904 † Moffatt Leeds Scotland SCO
Glyn Moses [9] Moses Salford / St. Helens Wales WAL
Rex Mossop Mossop Leigh Australia AUS
Cecil Mountford Mountford Wigan New Zealand NZ
John "Johnny" 'Rupert' Mudge (#10) circa-1951 Mudge Workington Town Australia AUS 13 1 0 0 4
Andrew Murdison [10] Murdison Halifax Scotland SCO 1 0 0 4
Tony Paskins (#3) circa-1951 Paskins Workington Town Australia AUS 11 2 0 0 8
Joseph "Joe" Phillips? Phillips Bradford Northern New Zealand NZ 0 13 0
Raymond "Ray" Price Price Warrington Wales WAL 2
Ron Pomering - circa 1975 Pomering Bramley Australia AUS 3 0 0
Wickham "Wick" Powell circa-1921 Powell Rochdale Hornets Wales WAL 1 0 0 0 0
L. Proctor Proctor 1 0 0 4
Rees circa-1905 Bradford Wales WAL?
David "Dai" Rees Rees Halifax Wales WAL 1
Jack Rhapps (#8) circa-1904 † Rhapps Salford Wales WAL
J. Robinson Robinson 3 0 0 12
John "Johnny" H. Rogers circa-1921 Rogers Huddersfield Wales WAL 1 1 0 0 4
Dai Smith (#1) circa-1904 † Smith Salford Wales WAL
Frank Stephens 20 March 1929 Stephens Wigan Wales WAL 1
Jim Sullivan Sullivan Wigan Wales WAL 6 0 22 0 44
Dai Thomas (#11) circa-1904 † Thomas Oldham Wales WAL 1 0 0 4
D. Thomas (#2) circa-1904 † Thomas Salford Wales WAL 1 0 0 4
P. Thomas Thomas Wales WAL 1 0 0 4
W. Gwyn Thomas circa-1921 Thomas Huddersfield Wales WAL 1 0 0 0 0
Joe Thompson Thompson Leeds Wales WAL 5 1 0 0 4
G. M. John Thorley Thorley Halifax Wales WAL 2
Dave Valentine (#13) circa-1951 Valentine Huddersfield Scotland SCO 16 2 0 0 8
Rob Valentine Valentine Keighley Scotland SCO
Attie van Heerden van Heerden Wigan South Africa SAF 2 0 0 8
Wallace Scotland SCO? 0 0 1 1
White 1 0 0 4
H. Whitney circa-1921 Whitney Salford Wales WAL 1 0 0 0 0
Bryn Williams circa-1921 Williams Batley Wales WAL 1 0 0 0 0
Frederick "Fred" Willis circa-1921 Willis Batley Wales WAL
George 'Happy' Wilson Wilson Workington Town Scotland SCO 1 0 0 4

† The 5th of April 1904 match, against England, was a 12-a-side game without a Loose forward/Lock.

†† Although originally from South Africa, David "Dave" Barends also represented Great Britain.


Harry Bath, born in Brisbane, Queensland, played for the Other Nationalities team whilst playing for Warrington. He kicked 20 goals, a tally that is second only to Jim Sullivan. He also scored 1 try to score 44 points overall. On returning to Australia he played for St George Dragons and coached the Australian national team, despite never playing for them.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The History Of Rugby League". Rugby League Information. napit.co.uk. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Scotland". rlwc2013.com. Rugby League International Federation. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 

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