Bill Hamilton (rugby league)

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Bill Hamilton
Personal information
Full name William John Hamilton
Nickname Herman
Born (1945-02-12) 12 February 1945 (age 72)
Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–?? Kurri Kurri
1965–74 Manly-Warringah 187 19 0 0 57
1975–78 North Sydney 71 6 0 0 18
Total 258 25 0 0 75
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1971–73 New South Wales 4 1 0 0 3
1973 Australia 0 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1977–78 North Sydney 44 14 2 28 32
Source: RLP Yesterday's Hero

Bill "Herman" Hamilton (born 12 February 1945) is an Australian former rugby league footballer of the 1960s and 1970s. Known as Herman by team mates after his resemblance to popular television character Herman Munster, he played in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership as a front rower for the Manly-Warringah and North Sydney clubs, winning the 1972 and 1973 premierships with the Sea Eagles. He also gained selection for the Australia on the 1973 Kangaroo Tour though he only played in eight minor matches and didn't play a test.

Unwanted by Manly at the end of 1974, he went on to captain the North Sydney Bears, bringing much needed discipline to a club regarded as ‘easybeats’. Hamilton captain-coached the club to their last major trophy the Channel 10 Challenge Cup in 1978.

In 2010 he was named at prop forward in Kurri Rugby League Club's team of the century.[1]

A retired policeman, Bill Hamilton currently lives in Tea Gardens on the NSW Mid North Coast where he has given a lot of his time to the Men of League Foundation.[2]


  1. ^ (21 July 2010). "Kurri Rugby League Club announces Team of the Century". The Advertiser. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  2. ^ 1973 NSWRFL Grand Final - Manly players 40 years later