Bill Tyquin

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Bill Tyquin
Bill Tyquin 1949.jpg
Captain of Qld 1949
Personal information
Full name Ignatius William Tyquin
Born 15 January 1919
Brisbane, Queensland
Died 17 August 1999
Brisbane, Queensland
Playing information
Position Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1938–1939 Souths Brisbane
1940 Brothers Brisbane
1941 St. George Dragons 15 8 0 0 24
1945–1950 Souths Brisbane
Total 15 8 0 0 24
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1941 New South Wales 1 0
1945–49 Queensland 12 0 0 0 0
1948–1956 Australia 12 3 0 0 9

Bill Tyquin (1919–1999) was an Australian rugby league footballer. He was a lock forward for the Australian national team. He played in 6 Tests between 1948 and 1949 as captain on 3 occasions.

Club career[edit]

Bill Tyquin was born and schooled in Brisbane and played with Souths Brisbane and the Brothers club before WWII. Stationed in Sydney with the AIF during the war he played the 1941 season with the St George Dragons and played in St George's inaugural Grand Final win in 1941. In that game he was sent off by the referee after a clash with Easts rival Jack Arnold. After the war he returned to Souths Brisbane playing five seasons from 1945–50 and from where he enjoyed representative success.

Playing style[edit]

Whiticker's reference acclaims Bill as the premier lock forward of the Australian game in the five-year period immediately after WWII. He asserts that Tyquin was a great cover defender who had one of the biggest punt kicks in the game at that time.[1]

Tyquin (middle centre) in St. George's 1941 premiership-winning team

Representative career[edit]

He first represented for Queensland in 1945 and then regularly over the next 5 years making 8 appearances against New South Wales as well as captaining Queensland in 1948 against a touring New Zealand side.

He made his Test debut against New Zealand in the first Test of the 1948 series in Sydney and played in both Tests. He was subsequently named as vice-captain to Col Maxwell for the 1949 Kangaroo Tour of England and France an appointment overshadowed by the controversial non-selection of Len Smith. On that 1949 tour Tyquin played in 4 Tests and 10 minor tour matches. He enjoyed the honour of captaining Australia in two Tests against France and then in the third dead-rubber Test against Great Britain in Bradford.

War service[edit]

Bill Tyquin enlisted in the Australian Army in 1941. He was a Sergeant in the 2/5 Armoured Regiment. He was discharged in 1946. [2]

Post playing[edit]

After football Tyquin worked in the wholesale liquor industry. He devoted many years to administration of the Souths Brisbane Leagues club and was its President during the 1970s.

Representative statistics[edit]

Team Matches Years
New South Wales 1 1941
Queensland 9 1945-49
Australia 6 1948-9



  • Whiticker, Alan (2004) Captaining the Kangaroos, New Holland, Sydney
  • Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney
  • Whiticker, Alan & Hudson, Glen (2006) The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players, Gavin Allen Publishing, Sydney
  • Haddan, Steve (2007) The Finals - 100 Years of National Rugby League Finals, Steve Haddan Publishing, Brisbane
  • Queensland representatives at


  1. ^ Whiticker quote p145
  2. ^ Tyquin at WWII Roll
Preceded by
Wally O'Connell
Australian national rugby league captain
Succeeded by
Keith Froome