Mick Frawley

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Michael Frawley (1885–1919) was a pioneer Australian rugby league footballer who played for the Eastern Suburbs club in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership.

Club career[edit]

Mick Frawley was born in Woollahra, New South Wales in 1885, and was an Eastern Suburbs rugby union junior. A second-row forward, Mick Frawley was a member of Eastern Suburbs' first premiership decider in rugby league's foundation season of 1908. In 1911, Frawley was a member of Easts first premiership winning side. He played his last game for the club in 1912 and retired after sustaining an injury. He played for the Roosters for five seasons, and played 44 first grade games with the club. He is listed on the Sydney Roosters Playing Register as player No. 25.

Representative career[edit]

His sole national representative appearance was in the 1909 first Test loss against New Zealand. Frawley was overlooked for the second Test of the series. Frawley is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 19.[1]

Military service and death[edit]

Frawley served with the 1st Australian Imperial Force in on the Western Front during World War I. He embarked from Sydney in 1916 on HMAT A15 Star of England as a Sergeant with the 15th reinforcement for the 4th Battalion. He survived his war service but died of influenza on 16 June 1919 on his return to Sydney aged 33.[2] Mick Frawley was buried at Waverley Cemetery the following day.[3]



  1. ^ ARL Annual Report 2005. Page 52
  2. ^ M Frawley war record
  3. ^ Sydney Morning Herald. Death/Funeral Notice. 17/06/1919 (page 5).