Edward Root

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Eddie Root
Eddie Root 1925.jpg
Personal information
Full name Edward Alexander Root
Nickname "Can't get a"[citation needed]
Born 1902
Waterloo, New South Wales
Died 12 May 1986
Brighton-Le-Sands, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Second-row, Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1923–29 South Sydney 68 29 1 0 89
1930 Newtown 12 7 1 0 23
1931–33 South Sydney 31 5 0 0 15
1935–36 St. George 24 3 0 0 9
Total 135 44 2 0 136
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1927–32 New South Wales 14 3 0 0 9
1929–30 Australia 0 0 0 0 0

Eddie Root (1902-1986) was an Australian rugby league footballer who played in the 1920s and 1930s. A New South Wales state and Australia national representative forward, his club career was played in Sydney with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Newtown Bluebags and St. George Dragons. Enlisted in World War I at the age of just 16 years, he had the distinction of being the last representative footballer to go to the Great War.[1]


A South Sydney junior, Root started playing first grade for the Rabbitohs in 1923, becoming a mainstay in the side in 1926. That year he first tasted premiership success with the Rabbitohs, who also won the following two years' competitions. He was sent off in the 1926 decider against University. He made his representative debut for New South Wales in 1927 and was regularly selected for the Blues over the next six seasons.[2] He was selected to go on the 1929–30 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain, playing in fifteen tour matches but no Tests.[3] When the NSWRL changed the South Sydney/Newtown boundary distinction in 1930 Root spent the following season with Newtown Jets due to the strict residential criteria of the time. He then returned to the Rabbitohs and played in the back-to-back premiership-winning Souths sides of 1931 and 1932. In 1935 he was signed by St. George Dragons and played in the record-breaking 91-6 win over competition newcomers Canterbury-Bankstown before later becoming the club's captain-coach. He played with the Dragons for two seasons before retiring.


  • 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
  1. ^ "History of St. George". Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  2. ^ Whiticker p473
  3. ^ Andrews p256

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