Eric Weissel

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Eric Weissel
Eric Weissel @1930.gif
Weissel in 1930
Personal information
Full nameEric Leslie Weissel
Died1972 (aged 68–69)
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1921–26 Cootamundra
1927–34 Temora
1935–36 Barmedman
1937 Narrandera
1938–39 Wagga Wagga Magpies
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1928 New South Wales
1928–30 Australia 8 8

Eric Weissel (1903–1972) was an Australian rugby league footballer, a state and national representative goal-kicking five-eighth. He played his club career in country New South Wales and is considered one of the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century.[1]

Biography and Club career[edit]

Weissel was born in Cootamundra in 1903. He died in 1972.

Weissel played his entire club football career in his home area of the Riverina in southern New South Wales. He rejected offers from Sydney and England clubs, choosing instead to stay in the district he called home, and turned out with five different clubs during an 18-year career: Cootamundra, Temora, Barmedman, Narrandera and Wagga Wagga.[2] With Cootamundra he was captain during two years when they retained the regional Maher Cup with an unbeaten record.

Representative career[edit]

After being selected for New South Wales in 1928, Weissel made his international representative debut against a touring British side that same year, featuring in two Tests. He made the Australian squad for the 1929–30 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain, playing in three Tests and 17 tour matches. He topped the tour scoring tally with five tries and fifty-six goals on the tour. In the First Test at Hull, Weissel featured in the 31-8 Australian victory scoring a try and kicking five goals.

He played in all three Tests of the 1932 Domestic Ashes series against Great Britain, including the brutal "Battle of Brisbane" Test.

Weissel eighth from left, Kangaroos 1st Test 6 Jun 1932
Run-on side plus mgrs 6 Jun 1932 Weissel seated 2nd from left


Sean Fagan's site quotes a Donald Bradman biography which records that Weissel was playing for a Riverina representative side on 22 November 1926 at the Sydney Cricket Ground against a Southern Districts side in which Bradman was making his SCG debut. Weissel dismissed "the Don" for 43. [3]


Since 1976 the Eric Weissel medal has been awarded to the best and fairest player of the season in the Riverina regional country rugby league competition.

The Eric Weissel Oval, a 10,000-seat stadium in Wagga Wagga was named in his honour.

In February 2008, Weissel was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia.[4]

Eric Weissel
Eric Weissel Oval is disused today

See also[edit]


  • 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. ^ Century's Top 100 Players Archived 25 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Daniel Lewis, "How Kelly the bush ranger helped to hold up league's country riches",, 24 November 2009
  3. ^ Blog mentioning Bradman and Weissel
  4. ^ "Centenary of Rugby League - The Players". NRL & ARL. 23 February 2008. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-23.