George Watson (rugby)

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George Watson
Full name George W. Watson[1]
Date of birth (1885-01-06)6 January 1885[1]
Place of birth Brisbane, Queensland[1]
Date of death 1961 (aged 75–76)
Rugby league career
Position Centre
National teams
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1908 Australia[2] 1
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position wing[1]
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1905-07 Queensland 13
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1907[1] Wallabies[1] 1[1] (0)[1]

George W Watson (6 January 1885 – 1961) was a pioneer Australian rugby union and rugby league footballer and was one of the first Australian dual code rugby international representatives. He was also one of the pioneer Queensland executives behind the new code in 1908.

Rugby union career[edit]

Watson represented for the Wallabies as a winger in the 1907 Test against the touring All Blacks in a team captained by Peter Burge.

Rugby league career[edit]

A foundation player at the establishment of the professional code in Sydney in 1908 he played one game only for the Kangaroos, the 2nd Test against New Zealand in Brisbane in May 1908. This was the 2nd international rugby league appearance by an Australian side. Watson played that day at in the centres outside of the legendary Dally Messenger.

Five former Wallabies had debuted for the Kangaroos in the inaugural Test three weeks earlier, Watson's league Test debut that day with Bill Hardcastle made them the 6th and 7th Australian dual code internationals.

Since his sole rugby league Test appearance was made as a 1908 rebel [3] before a Brisbane club competition began in 1909,[4] Watson like Doug McLean, Snr. was a Kangaroo with no rugby league club career.


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  2. ^ "Queensland Representatives". Queensland Rugby League. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
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