Larry Corowa

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Larry Corowa
Personal information
Full name Larry Corowa
Nickname The Black Flash
Born (1957-08-05) 5 August 1957 (age 58)
Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 79 kg (12 st 6 lb)
Position Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1978–83 Balmain Tigers 96 64 0 0 199
1991 Gold Coast Seagulls 2 1 0 0 4
Total 98 65 0 0 203
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1978–79 New South Wales 5 5 0 0 15
1978–79 Australia 2 1 0 0 3
Source: NRL Stats, RLP

Larry Corowa (born 5 August 1957 in Murwillumbah, New South Wales) is an Indigenous Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. An Australian international and New South Wales representative winger, he played club football at the Balmain Tigers for six seasons between 1978-1983 and the Gold Coast Seagulls in the New South Wales Rugby League Premiership. Playing on the wing, Corowa became one of Rugby League's most prolific try scorers of his era. He is one of a select few players to have scored more than a try a game in a season of football in Australia.

Playing career[edit]

In his first season with Balmain, he was the League's top try-scorer. At the end of his debut season with Balmain in 1978 in which he scored 24 tries, Larry Corowa was selected as a member of the 1978 Kangaroo tour, though he did not play a test on tour. He would make his test debut for Australia during the 1979 Ashes series against the touring Great Britain Lions at Lang Park in Brisbane with the Kangaroos winning 35-0. He played in the first two games of the series for his only test appearances, scoring a try on debut at Lang Park. Nicknamed "The Black Flash", Corowa was considered during his time with Balmain to be 'the fastest player in the game' not only in Australia but the rest of the rugby league world. Larry Corowa is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 516.[1]

After retiring from First Grade league following the 1983 season, Corowa moved to the Gold Coast and became involved with the Gold Coast Seagulls. In 1991, at the age of 34 and after nine years in retirement, he played two games for the Seagulls, scoring a single try to take his overall tally to 65 from 98 games before retiring for good.


In 2003, Corowa was one of 19 players named in the Balmain Tigers Team of the Century. The Larry Corowa Shield is awarded to the winner of the Wests Tigers - Gold Coast Titans pre-season trial match.[2] The inaugural match, played in 2008, was won by the Titans.[3] Corowa retains a strong involvement with Indigenous Rugby League and has been an Australia Day Ambassador.


  1. ^ ARL Annual Report 2005, page 55
  2. ^ Steve Ricketts (2008-02-11). "Bennett checks rising stars". Courier Mail. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  3. ^ "Titans hammer Wests at home". News Limited. 2008-03-01. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 


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