Kevin Schubert

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Kevin Schubert
Kevin Schubert 1951.jpg
Schubert in the 1951 Manly side
Personal information
Full name Kevin Bernard Schubert
Born 1927, New South Wales
Australia
Died 23 January 2007(2007-01-23) (aged 79)
Mona Vale, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Position Hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1947–49 Wollongong
1950–56 Manly-Warringah 87 2 0 0 6
Total 87 2 0 0 6
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1952–54 NSW City Firsts 2 0 0 0 0
1948 Country NSW 1 0 0 0 0
1948–54 New South Wales 12 0 0 0 0
1947–53 Australia 19 0 0 0 0
Source: [1], [2], [3]

Kevin Schubert (1927-2007) was an Australian professional rugby league footballer of the 1940s and 1950s. An international and interstate representative hooker, he played his club football in the Illawarra Rugby League before moving to Sydney's NSWRL Premiership to play for Manly-Warringah, whom he also captained.

Schubert made his first-grade debut for Wollongong in 1947. While playing there he represented Southern Districts, Country NSW, New South Wales and also gained selection for the 1948 Kangaroo tour. He is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 246.[1] Schubert also represented New South Wales in life-saving.[2]

After strong competition from other clubs, his friendship formed with Manly-Warringah front rower Roy Bull while the pair were playing for Australia against New Zealand in 1949 saw the Sea Eagles secure the 22-year-old Test hooker's services from the 1950 season.[3] He was selected to represent Sydney against France during their 1951 tour of Australasia in a match that ended in a 19-all draw. He captained Manly-Warringah in their maiden grand final appearance at the end of the 1951 NSWRFL season under coach Wally O'Connell. He retired in 1954 but made a comeback for one more season in 1956.

On 22 January 2007 Schubert died at Mona Vale Hospital after a long illness with cancer.[4]

Schubert was named in the Illawarra Team of the Century. Later that year he was selected by a panel of experts at hooker in an Australian 'Team of the 50s'.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ARL Annual Review 2005
  2. ^ Kevin Schubert at yesterdayshero.com.au
  3. ^ "Manly gets Schubert". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. 8 November 1949. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  4. ^ AAP (23 January 2007). "Manly loses favoured son". The Courier-Mail. Australia: Queensland Newspapers. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  5. ^ AAP (1 August 2007). "Team of the 50s named". The Daily Telegraph. Australia: News Limited. Retrieved 6 October 2010.