Eric Bardsley

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Rick Bardsley
Full name Eric John Bardsley
Date of birth 1903
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Date of death 1958
Place of death Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
School Newington College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1928  Australia 3 ()

Eric [Rick] John Bardsley (1903–1958) was an Australian Rugby Union player and represented for the Wallabies three times.[1]

Early life[edit]

Bardsley attended Newington College (1918–1923) and played Rugby in the 1st XV for three years.[2]

Rugby career[edit]

Bardsley played in the back row and represented Northern Suburbs Rugby Club in 139 1st Grade games. In 1928 he toured New Zealand and played in three Test matches.[3]

Club controversy[edit]

In 1942 Bardsley admitted to sending food parcels to Russia and after his patriotism to Australia was questioned by fellow members of Norths Rugby, he and his brother-in-law, fellow Wallaby Wal Mackney, resigned from the club.[4]


  1. ^ Australian Rugby - The Game and the Players (Jack Pollard Syd, 1994) pp 48: Bardsley, Eric John "Rick" (1903 - 1958)
  2. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) pp 9
  3. ^ Norths Rugby Australian Representatives Honour Board Archived 30 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Australian Rugby - The Game and the Players (Jack Pollard Syd, 1994) pp 315: Mackney, Walter Arthur Reginald (1903 - 1975)