Don Furner

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Don Furner
Personal information
Born (1932-12-26) 26 December 1932 (age 82)
Playing information
Position Forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1951–53 Souths (Toowoomba)
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–?? Queensland
1956 Australia 1 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1965–69 Queanbeyan
1970–72 Easts (Sydney) 69 40 2 27 58
1973–81 Queanbeyan
1982–87 Canberra Raiders 153 59 3 91 39
Total 222 99 5 118 45
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1986–88 Australia
2000 Fiji 3 1 0 2 33
Source: Rugby League Project [1]

Don Furner (born 26 December 1932) is an Australian former rugby league footballer and coach. As a player he represented Queensland on nine occasions and also toured with the 1956–57 Kangaroos.[1]

He began his coaching career as a player-coach with Junee in 1964. In that year team won their first ever Group 9 grand final as well as the Maher Cup. In 1965 he coached the Queanbeyan Blues (1965–69), the Eastern Suburbs Roosters (1970–72), whom he took to the 1972 NSWRFL season's premiership final, Queanbeyan again from 1973 to 1981, and then became the first coach of the newly formed Canberra Raiders.[2] Furner also coached the Canberra club to the 1987 NSWRL season's Grand Final.[3] He later joined Parramatta for the 1985 NSWRL season.[2] He was appointed the Australian national coach from 1986 to 1988. He coached the NSW Country team as well as 2(now defunct) Group 20 clubs Narrandera Lizards in 1998 and Yanco Wamoon Hawks in 2005 whom he took to the 2005 group 20 grand final which the lost to West Wyalong.

His sons are David Furner who formerly was a player and coach of the Canberra Raiders and Don Furner, Jr. who became the Canberra Raiders' CEO.


  1. ^ Sean Fagan (2006). "Kangaroo Tour: 1956–1957". (Australia). Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Lester, Gary, ed. (1984). Rugby League: Action '85. Sydney: Fairfax Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 0-909558-83-3. 
  3. ^ ACT Sport Hall of Fame inductees at
Sporting positions
New creation Canberra Raiders coach
Succeeded by
Wayne Bennett

as co-coaches
Preceded by
Terry Fearnley
Australia coach
Succeeded by
Bob Fulton