Harry Caples

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Harry Caples
Personal information
Full name Henry Joseph Caples
Born 1898
Bathurst, New South Wales
Died 17 October 1933
St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney
Playing information
Position Five-eighth

Years Team Pld T G FG P
1916–23 Eastern Suburbs 103 28 0 0 84
1925–27 Brothers (Ipswich)
1929 Eastern Suburbs 3 0 0 0 0
Total 106 28 0 0 84
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1919–23 New South Wales 4 1 0 0 3
1921–22 Australia 2 0 0 0 0
1925–27 Queensland 9 5 0 0 15

Harry Caples (1898–1933) was an Australian representative rugby league player. His club football was played with the Eastern Suburbs club.

Club career[edit]

A former schoolboy star, Caples attended St. Joseph's College, Hunters Hill before being graded by the Roosters in 1916.

He played 110 matches for the club in the years (1916-23 & 1929). A five-eighth, Caples captained Easts to the club's fourth premiership in 1923, scoring two tries in that match.

Representative career[edit]

Caples was selected for the 1921–22 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain. He played for Australia in two Tests on tour and 22 minor tour matches. He is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 117.[1] During his career he represented for three different states New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

Interstate service to the game[edit]

After his premiership success in 1923, Harry Caples moved to Victoria in 1924 at the direction of ARL executive Harry Sunderland to help organize Rugby League in the southern states. Sydney's Evening News newspaper quoted: "Mr Sunderland is making strong efforts to place the game on a solid footing in Melbourne, and he has approached several noted players to go south and give their services."[2]

Sunderland (who was Queensland based), then sent him to Ipswich, Queensland in 1925 and he played there for a number of years. Caples captain-coached Wagga Wagga in 1928, before returning to Easts for one last season in 1929.[3]

Premature death[edit]

Caples died after contracting Meningitis at the relatively young age of 35. A large funeral was held for him at the Sacred Heart Church, Randwick and he was buried at Randwick Cemetery.[4] He was survived by his wife Dorothy and three young children.[5]


  1. ^ ARL Annual Report 2005
  2. ^ Evening News, Sydney. "LOSS TO EASTS" 05/03/1924
  3. ^ daily Advertiser Wagga Wagga, 03/04/1928 "Wagga's New Coach. HARRY CAPLES WELCOMED.
  4. ^ Sydney Morning Herald: Death Notice "Henry Joseph Caples" 18/10/1933 (page 12)
  5. ^ Obituary, Harry Caples :Catholic Freemans Journal, Sydney, 2 Nov 1933