Phil Hawthorne

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Phil Hawthorne
Full name Phillip Francis Hawthorne
Date of birth 24 October 1943
Place of birth Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Date of death 18 September 1994
Place of death Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
School Newcastle Boys High
Occupation(s) Accountant, Real Estate
Rugby league career
Position Five-eighth
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1968-71
1972
St George
Easts
56
1
(126)
(0)
State Representation
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1970 New South Wales 2 (0)
National teams
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1970 Australia 3 (6)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fly Half
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
1962-1966
1967
Wanderers Newcastle
Randwick DRUFC
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1962-1967 New South Wales
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1962-1967 Australia 21

Phil Hawthorne (1943–1994) was an Australian rugby league and rugby union footballer – a dual-code international. He represented the Wallabies in twenty-one Tests and the Kangaroos in three Tests. He captained Australia in rugby league the 3rd Test of the 1970 Ashes series.

Rugby union career[edit]

Hawthorne was born in 1943 in Newcastle, New South Wales. From the Wanderers Rugby Union Club in Newcastle, he first represented for the Wallabies age 18 as Fly-half. For the next five years he was a consistent selection for Wallaby Tests and tours and formed a formidable partnership with scrum-half Ken Catchpole.

On the 1966-67 Tour of England Hawthorne played in five Tests and set a new tour point scoring record of twety-six points (six field goals, two penalties and two conversions). In 1967 he joined Randwick to pair with Catchpole at club level and he played further Tests that year.

Rugby league career[edit]

In 1968 Hawthorne accepted a then record $30,000 contract to switch to the professional code and join the St. George Dragons. He played fifty-six games for the Dragons from 1968 to 1971 at Five-eighth before he joined Eastern Suburbs for his final season in 1972.

In 1969 he appeared as a guest player for Auckland in a match against the New Zealand Kiwis to mark the New Zealand Rugby League's diamond jubilee.[1]

Phil Hawthorne's international rugby league debut against Great Britain in Brisbane on 6 June 1970 alongside John Brass saw them together become Australia's 32nd and 33rd dual code rugby internationals. He played all three Tests against Great Britain in 1970 and was captain in the 3rd Test with Langlands and Sattler injured and unavailable. He is named on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 441. [2]

Injury restricted Hawthorne's appearances in 1971. He left the club at the end of that year to join the Eastern Suburbs Roosters but spent much of the 1972 season in reserve grade behind the competition's eventual player of the year, his former Wallaby team-mate John Ballesty.

He moved to Coffs Harbour in 1973 and captain-coached a local side. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 1991 and died in September 1994.

Notable statistics[edit]

Hawthorne is remembered as a field-goal specialist with notable statistics including:

  • 6 field goals in 5 Test matches on the 66-67 Wallaby Tour
  • 18 field goals in 18 appearances with St George in 1968
  • 12 field goals in 12 appearances with St George in 1969
  • 3 field goals in his 3 Rugby League Tests in 1970.

Rugby league appearances[edit]

Team Matches Years
St. George Dragons 54 1968–1971
Eastern Suburbs 1 1972
New South Wales 2 1970
Australia (Tests) 3 1970
Preceded by
Graeme Langlands
Australian national rugby league captain
1970
Succeeded by
Ron Coote

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4. p.p.207-208
  2. ^ ARL Annual Report 2005, page 56