Bob Honan

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Bob Honan
Full name Robert Emmett Honan
Date of birth January 24, 1944
Place of birth Brisbane, Queensland
Notable relative(s) Barry Honan (brother)
Rugby league career
Position(s) Halfback, Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1967-75 South Sydney Rabbitohs 89 (93)
State of Origin
Years Team Apps (Points)
1969 New South Wales 3 (0)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1969 Australia 2 (0)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1964-1966 Brisbane Brothers RUFC ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1964 Australia 2 ()

Robert Emmett Honan (born January 24, 1944 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian former rugby league and rugby union player - a dual code rugby international.

Rugby career[edit]

He represented the Wallabies in two Tests on the 1964 tour of New Zealand and played in the centres. His brother Barry was also a Wallaby representative.

Rugby league career[edit]

After switching codes he was selected to the Australia national rugby league team on the 1969 tour of New Zealand playing two Tests as a half-back. His rugby league international debut in the first Test in Auckland in June 1969 saw him become Australia's 31st dual code rugby international, following Kevin Ryan and preceding Phil Hawthorne and John Brass.

Bob Honan's rugby league club career was as a centre with the South Sydney Rabbitohs from 1967-1972 and 1975. He played in the premiership winning Souths sides of 1968 and 1970 and in the 1969 Grand Final loss to Balmain.

Playing record[edit]

  • Club: South Sydney Rabbitohs 84 first grade games (105 all grades), 27 tries (35 all grades), 6 field goals (9 all grades), 93 points (123 all grades).
  • Representative: Australia (1969) 2 Tests.


  • 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
  • Haddan, Steve (2007) The Finals - 100 Years of National Rugby League Finals, Steve Haddan Publishing, Brisbane