Mark Harris (rugby league)
22 August 1947 |
Mark Harris was an Australian rugby league footballer who played for the Eastern Suburbs (1970–79) and North Sydney (1980–81) clubs. He also represented the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. A destructive hard running centre, Harris made 190 appearances for the Roosters and a further 33 for the Bears.
A Brisbane junior, Harris was playing in Papua New Guinea for the Koni Tigers club when recruited into the NSWRFL Premiership by Sydney's Eastern Suburbs club. Harris also won the prestigious media award 'Rookie Of The Year' in his first season. He was selected to represented Australia in the 1970 Rugby League World Cup. In 1972 he won another prestigious award taking out the Sun-Herald player of the year award. He was also selected to represent Australia in the 1972 Rugby League World Cup. Harris played in just the one test match for Australia, that was against New Zealand in 1972.
Gridiron football career
Harris turned down a place on the 1973 Kangaroo tour to trial with an American football team, the Philadelphia Eagles. After failing to get a contract, Harris played Canadian football for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. Harris played 7 matches as a long range kickoff specialist during the 1973 CFL season.
Return to rugby league
Harris returned to the Roosters and was a member of some of Eastern Suburbs greatest teams, winning premierships with that club in 1974 and 1975. He was selected to represent Australia in the 1975 Rugby League World Cup. Harris was also a member of the 1974 and '77 pre-Season cup winning sides, the 1975 and '77 midweek cups. During the 1976 NSWRFL season, Harris played as a centre three-quarter back for Eastern Suburbs in their unofficial 1976 World Club Challenge match against British champions St. Helens in Sydney. He was selected to represent Australia in the 1977 Rugby League World Cup.
Harris played out the final years of his career with the North Sydney club.
- Mark Harris rugbyleagueproject.org
- Mark Harris happy public have not burnt NFL-bound Jarryd Hayne smh.com.au, 18 October 2014
- Montreal Alouettes Player Roster for the 1973 Season stats.cfldb.ca
- Whiticker, Alan; Hudson, Glen (2007). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Wetherill Park, New South Wales: Gary Allen Pty Ltd. p. 609. ISBN 978-1-877082-93-1.
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