John Brass

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John Brass
Full name John Brass
Date of birth 7 October 1946
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales
School Sydney Boys High School
Rugby league career
Position Centre, Five-eighth
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1969-76 Eastern Suburbs 142 (722)
State Representation
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1970 New South Wales 2 (6)
National teams
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1970 & 1975 Australia 6 (0)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Five-eighth
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team    
1965-1988 Randwick DRUFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1966-68 Australia 12

John Brass (born 1946, Sydney) is an Australian former rugby union and rugby league footballer - a dual-code international. He made twelve international representative rugby union appearances with the Wallabies from 1966–68 and six representative rugby league appearances for the Kangaroos in 1970 and 1975, as national captain on one occasion.

Rugby union career[edit]

His junior football was with the South Coogee juniors. He was educated at Sydney Boys High School, graduating in 1963[1] and went on to play first grade rugby with the Randwick rugby club in their premiership winning sides of 1965 to 1967.

He won national selection with the Wallabies in 1966 playing Tests against the British Isles at home. In 1966-67 and 1968-69 he was selected on Wallaby overseas tours where he made further Test appearances.

Rugby league career[edit]

Switching to rugby league in 1969 he joined the Eastern Suburbs club on a then record contract of A$30,000 pa.

In 1970, he was made captain of the Roosters' first grade side and was selected for New South Wales in the interstate series against Queensland.

He represented Australia in rugby league in all three Tests against Great Britain in 1970. His international rugby league debut against Great Britain in Brisbane on 6 June 1970 alongside Phil Hawthorne saw them together become Australia's 32nd and 33rd dual code rugby internationals.

For family reasons, he made himself unavailable for the 1972 Rugby League World Cup and the 1973 Kangaroo Tour but he was selected for the 1975 World Cup series and captained Australia to victory in a game against New Zealand in that campaign. He is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No.440.[2]

He was part of the Roosters' premiership winning sides of 1974 and 1975, kicking two goals in the 1974 Grand Final and scoring two tries in the 1975 decider. During the 1976 NSWRFL season, Brass played as a centre three-quarter back for Eastern Suburbs in their unofficial 1976 World Club Challenge match against British champions St. Helens in Sydney.

Post playing[edit]

Brass coached the Tweed Heads Seagulls in the Group 18 competition in 1977-78. He had a long career in shopping centre management. In 1995 he was asked to join the board of Super League and remained on the Board when the truce between the warring factions was called in 1997 and the National Rugby League was formed. He remained on the board until 2005, when he was replaced by Gorden Tallis.[3]


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  2. ^ ARL Annual Report, 2005. page 54
  3. ^ Masters, Roy (20 January 2005). "Woman on board as NRL turns a new page". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 


  • Whiticker, Alan (2004) Captaining the Kangaroos, New Holland, Sydney
Preceded by
Arthur Beetson
Australian national rugby league captain
Succeeded by
Greg Vievers