Malcolm McArthur

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Malcolm McArthur
Full name Malcolm J. McArthur[1]
Date of birth (1882-07-30)30 July 1882[1][1]
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales [1]
Date of death 6 July 1961(1961-07-06) (aged 78)
Rugby union career
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1909[1] Wallabies[1] 1[1] (0)[1]

Malcolm J. "Mannie" McArthur (30 July 1882 – 6 July 1961) was an Australian rugby union national representative rugby union player. He won a gold medal in rugby at the 1908 Summer Olympics.

Rugby career[edit]

McArthur's rugby career was played with the Eastern Suburbs RUFC in Sydney. He was selected in Australia's inaugural national rugby team to tour the northern hemisphere - Dr Paddy Moran's First Wallabies for the 1908-09 Australia rugby union tour of the British Isles and France.

1908 Olympic Gold Final Wallabies v Cornwall.

At the time the rugby tournament for the London Olympics game may not have appeared to be of great significance. Australia had already beaten Cornwall, the British county champions early in the tour and Scotland, Ireland and France had all turned down the Rugby Football Union's invitation to participate in the Olympic bouts. Neither the tour captain Moran, nor the vice-captain Fred Wood played, so Chris McKivat led the Wallabies to an easy 32-3 victory and to Olympic glory, with each Wallaby in that match thereafter an Olympic gold medallist.

McArthur made his Test debut on that tour at Rectory Field, Blackheath in the Test against England in January 1909 - a match won by Australia 9-3.

McArthur front row in white jersey, with the 1908 Wallaby tour squad
Olympic medal record
Men's Rugby union
Gold medal – first place 1908 London Team competition

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Scrum.com player profile of Malcolm McArthur". Scrum.com. Retrieved 12 July 2010.