Clem Kennedy

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Clem Kennedy
Personal information
Full nameClement Michael Kennedy
Born25 November 1921
Redfern, New South Wales, Australia
Died17 December 2010(2010-12-17) (aged 89)
Mascot, New South Wales
Playing information
Weight52 kg (8 st 3 lb; 115 lb)
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1939–46 South Sydney 40 14 0 0 42
1948–49 Newtown 9 2 0 0 8
Total 49 16 0 0 50
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1945–47 New South Wales 5 2 0 0 6
1946 Australia 1 1 0 0 3
Source: [1]

Clem Kennedy (1921–2010) was an Australian rugby league footballer of the 1930s and 1940s. He was born in Sydney, New South Wales. He played first grade Australian club football for the South Sydney Rabbitohs along with a brief stint for the Newtown Jets. Kennedy also played for both the New South Wales and Australia representative sides and served Australia during the Second World War which saw him serve in the Kokoda Track campaign.

Rugby league career[edit]

Kennedy signed for the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the start of the 1939 New South Wales Rugby League premiership where he quickly cemented his place in the sides starting thirteen and became known as 'The Mighty Atom' or 'The Little Bully' because of his small stature, rough play and ability.

He served during the Second World War from 1941 to 1944 before returning to the Rabbitohs where his performances earned him a call up to the New South Wales side in late 1945 and the following year earned his debut cap for the Australian side even though his club failed to earn a victory in the entire season; further international honors eluded him however due to a string of injuries.

Kennedy later moved to the country where he would go on to play for Cessnock where his performances would warrant him selection in the Country side in 1947. He would move back to Sydney and play a season for the Newtown Jets before again heading back to the country and finishing his career with Grenfell.

Second World War[edit]

While playing rugby league for South Sydney Kennedy was called up for active duty in 1941 for the Second World War where he also served on the Kokoda Track campaign for several months. During his service on the Kokoda Track he contracted a bout of malaria and then later suffered several shoulder injuries that would hamper his return to rugby league at the conclusion of the war.



  • Whiticker, Alan (2002). Encyclopedia of Rugby League players. Gary Allen Pty Ltd. (ISBN 1-877082-02-3).


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