David Boyle (rugby league)

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David Boyle
Personal information
Born (1959-08-31) 31 August 1959 (age 57)
Playing information
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 93 kg (14 st 9 lb)
Position Prop, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1982–91 South Sydney Rabbitohs 169 7 0 0 28
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1987 New South Wales 4 1 0 0 4

David Boyle (born 31 August 1959[1]) is an Australian former professional rugby league player for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) competition. Boyle played in the forwards, chiefly in the front row, though he was lightweight even by the standards of the 1980s. His high workrate, however, made him part of one of the strongest defences in the NSWRL competition of the late 1980s under George Piggins.

Boyle was a candidate for the 1986 Kangaroo tour and stands as one of the best forwards of his day who never played for Australia.[citation needed]

Boyle was selected to represent New South Wales as a forward for the three games of the 1987 State of Origin series as well as the fourth or 'exhibition' game of the year which was played at Veteran's Memorial Stadium in Long Beach, California. Boyle scored one State of Origin try in game III.

A one-club player, Boyle spent ten seasons with the Rabbitohs.

Boyle played for Bradford Bulls at second-row forward in the 1999 Super League Grand Final which was lost to St Helens R.F.C..

Boyle later moved into sports fitness and worked with St. George Illawarra Dragons and then the Rabbitohs as a strength and conditioning coach.[2] David Boyle is a current board member of the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association.[3]

In 2010, David Boyle was the endorsed Australian Labor Party candidate for the NSW federal Division of Gilmore. On 18 June 2010, Boyle announced that he would withdraw as the endorsed candidate for Gilmore.[4] Later that year he was elected as a councillor for Shellharbour Council.[5]

In 2011, David Boyle partnered with Pro Training Programs to offer his rugby league training programs for non professional athletes.[6]


  1. ^ Gary Lester (editor) (1983). The Sun Book of Rugby League - 1983. Sydney, New South Wales: John Fairfax Marketing. p. 78. ISBN 0-909558-83-3. 
  2. ^ "Sports round-up". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2004-07-14. Retrieved 2007-11-17. 
  3. ^ "About-Us". Australian Strength & Conditioning Association. 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  4. ^ "David Boyle to quit race for Gilmore". Illawarra Mercury. 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  5. ^ "David Boyle gets start in politics". South Coast Register. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "David Boyle Rugby Union Training Programs". Pro Training Programs. 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2012-08-09.