John Rosewell

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Johnny Rosewell
Birth nameJohn Solomon Hargraves Rosewell[1]
Date of birth(1882-07-01)1 July 1882
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales, Australia [1]
Date of death20 November 1931(1931-11-20) (aged 49)
Place of deathMaroubra, New South Wales, Australia
Rugby league career
Position(s) Second-row
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
South Sydney
State of Origin
Years Team Apps (Points)
1908 New South Wales 2 (0)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1908 Australia 1 (0)
Teams coached
Years Team
1913 South Sydney
Rugby union career
Position(s) prop[1]
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
South Sydney RUFC ()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1907 New South Wales 2 ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1907 [1] Australia 2 [1] (0) [1]

John S. H. Rosewell (1 July 1882 – 20 November 1931) was a pioneer Australian rugby union and rugby league footballer and represented his country at both sports — a dual-code international.

Rugby union career[edit]

His rugby union career was played with the South Sydney RUFC. Rosewell was 28 years of age before he first saw representative success making four appearances in 1907 against the All Blacks, two for New South Wales and two as a Wallaby.

Rosewell (3rd row far left) Pioneer Kangaroos 1908–09

Rugby league career[edit]

He joined the new rugby league code in its first year—1908, starting with the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Along with Dally Messenger, Denis Lutge, Doug McLean snr and Micky Dore he was one of the inaugural five Australian dual code rugby internationals who having earlier represented at rugby union, debuted in international rugby league in Sydney on 9 May 1908 in the first ever Australian league Test against New Zealand. He is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No.13.[2]

He spent three seasons at South Sydney playing 29 matches scoring 4 tries and 6 goals. He was a member of the 1910 Rabbitohs side that drew the Grand Final against Newtown but lost the premiership on countback.

He was selected on the pioneer 1908 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and played one tour match. For the 1911 and 1912 seasons he saw out his playing career with the Annandale club

In 1913 he was the first grade coach of the Rabbitohs.


After his retirement from football, Johnny Rosewell worked at the RAS Showground until his death. He died suddenly at his Maroubra home on 20 November 1931, and was buried the following day at Botany Cemetery.[3]


  • Whiticker, Alan (2004) Captaining the Kangaroos, New Holland, Sydney
  • Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League, Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney


  1. ^ a b c d e f " player profile of Johnny Rosewell". Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  2. ^ ARL Annual Report 2005
  3. ^ Sydney Morning Herald: Death/Funeral Notices 21/11/1931