Henry Porter (rugby league)

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Henry "Tarzan" Porter (1910–1990) was an Australian rugby league footballer of the 1930s and 1940s. He played club football for Newtown and Canterbury-Bankstown in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership, winning premierships with both clubs. He also played for Fortitude Valley in the Brisbane Rugby League premiership.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Dungog on 3 July 1910, Porter won his first premiership with Newtown in 1933 when they defeated St. George Dragons in the final 18-5. He played for New South Wales rugby league team in 1935, during his time at Goulburn. His first grade career stalled until 1936 when he joined Canterbury-Bankstown, where he played for 11 seasons: 1936-1942, 1944, and 1946-1948.Porter won two premierships with Canterbury-Bankstown in 1938 and 1942. He also played for New South Wales between 1938-1942. He also played representative football for Queensland in two games in 1945.[1] In World War II, Porter was based in Brisbane. He captained Canterbury-Bankstown on many occasions including in the 1947 Grand Final loss to Balmain 13-9. Porter also coached Canterbury-Bankstown in 1949.[2]


In 1985 He was inducted into the Bulldogs 50th Anniversary, Greatest Team Ever. In 2004 he was inducted into the Bulldogs 70th year Team of Champions. In 2007 he was inducted into the Bulldogs Hall of Fame (Ring of Champions).


  1. ^ "FOOTBALL BONUS GOES TO PORTER.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 23 July 1945. p. 4. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Henry Porter". Bulldogs Rugby League Club website. Retrieved 14 March 2013.