W. Smith (rugby league)

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W Smith
Playing information
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1908–1909 Eastern Suburbs 1 0 0 3
1910 Balmain 6 1 0 20
1912 Eastern Suburbs 0 0 0 0
Total 0 7 1 0 23
Source: W Smith rugbyleagueproject.org

W. Smith (Sydney, Christian name unknown) was a rugby league footballer in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership, Australia's first major competition in the sport.

Smith, who played on the wing position, has the honour of being the first ever try scorer for the Eastern Suburbs club. The try, which came in Easts' opening match, is the only try he scored for the Tricolours. He was a member of the Eastern Suburbs side that was defeated by South Sydney in the first ever NSWRL premiership decider.

Smith moved to the Balmain club the following year before returning to the Eastern Suburbs club for the 1912 season, the year the club won its second premiership.

References[edit]

  • The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players, by Alan Whiticker and Glen Hudson