Alex Watson (rugby league)

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Alex Watson
Personal information
Born (1931-10-10)10 October 1931
Died 5 June 2002(2002-06-05) (aged 70)
Playing information
Position Three-quarter back
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–57 Wests (Brisbane)
1958 Sarina
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1951–57 Queensland 20 2 0 0 6
1954–57 Australia 24 10 0 0 0

Alex Watson (1931–2002) was an Australian professional rugby league footballer of the 1950s. An Australian international and Queensland interstate representative three-quarter back, he played club football in the Brisbane Rugby League premiership for Western Suburbs.

Watson first represented Queensland in 1951 in a match against New South Wales. He made his test debut at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 12 June 1954 against Great Britain in the first test of that year's Ashes series. Australia won this test 37-12.

In 1953 Watson toured New Zealand with the Australian team.[1]

In the 1954 Brisbane Rugby League Grand Final Watson scored two tries and kicked four goals before fracturing his left collarbone about ten minutes after the start of the second half and leaving the field. His team, Western Suburbs, went on to win the game.[2] He then travelled to France to play in the inaugural World Cup.

In 1956 New Zealand toured Australia and in the last ever test match played at The Gabba, Watson scored the decisive try, a forty-metre effort that gave Australia their first series victory at home against the Kiwis since 1909.[3] In that year's premiership semi-final Watson was suspended for two weeks for using abusive language and refusing to leave the field when ordered to by the referee.[4]

Watson played his last match for Australia during the 1957 World Cup. That year he also played his last game for the Maroons. Watson then moved north to play for Sarina in 1958.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Queensland Representative Players". qrl.com.au. Australia: Queensland Rugby League. 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Reardon, Jack (12 September 1954). "1954 Brisbane Rugby League Grand Final". The Sunday-Mail. Australia: rleague.com. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Fagan, Sean (2009). "Close Encounters Of The Kiwi Kind". RL1908.com. Australia. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "HALL AND WATSON SUSPENDED". The Sydney Morning Herald. 28 August 1956. p. 11. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "GOLDEN ERAS FOR REPRESENTATIVE SUCCESS 1950-1970s (part 2)". cowboys.com.au. Australia: North Queensland Cowboys. Retrieved 6 March 2011.