Steve Morris

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Steve Morris
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Steve Morris (centre) with sons Josh and Brett
Personal information
Full name Steve Wayne Morris
Nickname Slippery
Born (1957-06-19) 19 June 1957 (age 57)[1]
Playing information
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight 75 kg (11 st 11 lb)[1]
Position Halfback, Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1978 Dapto
1979–86 St George Dragons 180 102 0 0 357
1987–90 Eastern Suburbs 67 19 0 0 76
1987–88 Leeds
Total 247 121 0 0 433
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1978–86 New South Wales 5 1 0 0 3
1978 Australia 1 0 0 0 0
Source: NRL Stats

Steve Morris (born 19 June 1957) is an Australian former rugby league footballer of the 1970s and 80s. A state and national representative, his club career was played with the St. George Dragons and the Eastern Suburbs Roosters.

Initially a halfback, Morris came to selectors' attention when playing for the Dapto club. In the 1978 season he gained selection in the New South Wales Country Rugby League side and was then chosen to represent New South Wales and Australia. He was the last player to represent Australia from a country club.

In season 1979 Morris joined the St George club and won a premiership in his debut year in the Sydney top grade. In the 1979 Grand Final he took out the Best Player award, the Dave Brown Medal (now known as the Clive Churchill Medal).

In 1984, under Dragons coach Roy Masters, the speedy halfback made a very successful transition to the Wing position, that season he was awarded the 'Dally M' medal for winger of the year. He was the NSW Rugby Football League's top try scorer in 1984.

In all, Morris played 180 games for the Dragons over eight years at the club and whilst he did not represent for Australia again he made further appearances for the New South Wales Blues under the State of Origin selection criteria on the wing in game III of 1984 and game I of 1986.

In 1987 he moved to the Eastern Suburbs club playing 58 matches over two seasons and winning a third "Dally M Winger of the Year" award. During the Australian off-season Morris enjoyed a successful stint at English club, Leeds. [1]

Steve Morris retired from the game in 1990. His twin sons Brett and Josh Morris currently play for St George Illawarra and Canterbury Bulldogs.

He currently teaches PE at Bomaderry High School on the South Coast.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gary Lester, ed. (1986). Rugby League Action '85. Sydney, New South Wales: John Fairfax Marketing. p. 57. ISBN 0-909558-29-9. 

Sources[edit]

  • Whiticker, Alan & Hudson, Glen (2006) The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players, Gavin Allen Publishing, Sydney
  • Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney