Frank Nicholson (rugby union)
|Full name||Frank Villenueve Nicholson|
|Date of birth||15 October 1878|
|Place of birth||Villeneuve, Queensland|
|Date of death||circa 1970|
|School||Brisbane Grammar School|
|Rugby union career|
Frank Villenueve Nicholson (15 October 1878 – c. 1970) was an Australian Boer War veteran and rugby union player, a state and national representative who made two Test appearances in 1903-1904, captaining the side on one occasion.
Nicholson, a prop, played thirteen times for Queensland between 1900 and 1904 with twelve of these matches played against New South Wales. The Howell reference claims that Nicholson's rugby career was interrupted by enlistment in the Boer War. He claimed two international rugby caps for Australia. He appeared for Queensland against the touring New Zealanders in Brisbane in August 1903 and two weeks later made his international debut against the same tourists in Sydney, on 15 August 1903.
In 1904 he captained Queensland in the inter-state series and played alongside his brother Fred who scored a try in that match. Later that season he had the honour of captaining Australia in a Test match against a touring British Lions side. Australia lost the match 17-0. Nicholson was selected in a 1905 squad that toured New Zealand but he did not play in any matches of the tour.
|Australian national rugby union captain
- Howell, Max (2005) Born to Lead - Wallaby Test Captains, Celebrity Books, Auckland NZ
- "Scrum.com player profile of Frank Nicholson". Scrum.com. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
- "Family Notices: Births". The Brisbane Courier. 19 October 1878. p. 4. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
- Cilento, Raphael; Lack, Clem, eds. (1959). "First Forays Towards the Tropics" (PDF). Triumph in the tropics : an historical sketch of Queensland. Brisbane, Qld.: Smith & Paterson. p. 115.
- Kerr, John (January 1998). "Geographical Overview of Sawmilling" (PDF). p. 88. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
- Howell p24
- Howell p 25
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