Les Mead

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Les Mead
Personal information
Full name Leslie Edward Huon Mead
Born 1909
Mosman, New South Wales
Died 21 October 1996
Killarney Vale, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Halfback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1930 Wests (Sydney) 5 3 3 0 15
1931 Wauchope
1932–37 Wests (Sydney) 70 27 169 0 419
1938–40 Wauchope
1941 Wests (Sydney) 2 0 0 0 0
Total 77 30 172 0 434
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1933–35 New South Wales 3 0 4 0 8
1933 Australia 1 0 0 0 0

Les Mead (1909-1996) was an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1930s. An Australian international and New South Wales interstate representative goal-kicking half back, he played his club football in the New South Wales Rugby Football League Premiership with Western Suburbs.

Son of Sydney's Western Suburbs' club pioneer Ted Mead, Les started his career in Sydney before playing as captain-coach of Wauchope on New South Wales' North Coast in 1931 but returned to Wests the following year.[1] With Western Suburbs he formed an effective partnership in the halves with Vic Hey. Mead was the top point-scorer of the 1932 NSWRFL season with 104 points (10 tries and 37 goals).[2] In 1933 he was selected to represent New South Wales and later that year went on the 1933-34 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain. In August 1933, while in England, Mead played for Australia against England in a novel 7-a-side match.[3] He played several matches while on tour but only one Test match.[4] He is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 186.[5] The following year Mead kicked two goals in Wests' premiership final victory.

In 1935 Mead was named captain of Western Suburbs. That season he also scored a club record 27 points in a premiership match and made his final appearance for New South Wales. After the 1937 NSWRFL season he returned to Wauchope, but went back to Wests to end his career with them in 1941[6] as captain-coach.


  1. ^ Payer profile - Les Mead at yesterdayshero.com.au
  2. ^ Les Mead at stats.rleague.com
  3. ^ Sean Fagan "When the Kangaroos Played 7s" at rl1908.com
  4. ^ Les Mead at rugbyleagueproject.com
  5. ^ ARL Annual Report, 2005. Page 53
  6. ^ Les Mead at nrlstats.com