- For the British ethnologist and zoologist, see Desmond Morris
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Des Morris (born 20 April 1948) is an Australian former rugby league footballer, coach and administrator.
He played club football in Queensland for the Booval Swifts and Eastern Suburbs club of the Brisbane Rugby League, and represented his state on fifteen occasions. As captain-coach of Easts, Morris helped the club to success in the BRL Premiership in 1972, 1977 and 1978.
In his first year after retiring as a player, Morris coached the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls to victory in the 1982 Brisbane Rugby League premiership. He did this again in 1984. For the 1985 State of Origin series Morris was appointed coach of the Queensland team, but lost two of the three matches that year so was dropped. That year he coached Wynnum Manly to a second consecutive Brisbane Rugby League premiership grand final, but lost to Souths.
He served for a time as Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Suburbs Tigers, continuing an association with the club that dates back to 1968. He was also an Australian national selector.
- ARL (2008). "Australian Rugby Football League 2008 Annual Report" (PDF). Australian Rugby Football League Limited. p. 1. Archived from the original (pdf) on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 2009-07-19.