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|Full name||Phillip Francis Hawthorne|
|Date of birth||24 October 1943|
|Place of birth||Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia|
|Date of death||18 September 1994|
|Place of death||Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia|
|School||Newcastle Boys High|
|Children||Melissa (daughter), Mark, Adam, Scott (sons)|
|Occupation(s)||Accountant, Real Estate|
|Rugby league career|
|Rugby union career|
Phil Hawthorne (1943–1994) was an Australian rugby league and rugby union footballer – a dual-code international. He represented the Wallabies in twenty-one Tests and the Kangaroos in three Tests. He captained Australia in rugby league the 3rd Test of the 1970 Ashes series. His mother was killed in a car accident in Newcastle when he was 14.
Rugby union career
Hawthorne was born in 1943 in Newcastle, New South Wales. From the Wanderers Rugby Union Club in Newcastle, he first represented for the Wallabies age 18 as Fly-half. For the next five years he was a consistent selection for Wallaby Tests and tours and formed a formidable partnership with scrum-half Ken Catchpole.
On the 1966–67 Tour of England Hawthorne played in 5 Tests and set a new tour point scoring record of 26 points (6 field goals, 2 penalties and 2 conversions). In 1967 he joined Randwick to pair with Catchpole at club level and he played further Tests that year.
Rugby league career
In 1968 Hawthorne accepted a then record $30,000 contract to switch to the professional code and join the St. George Dragons. He played fifty-six games for the Dragons from 1968 to 1971 at Five-eighth before he joined Eastern Suburbs for his final season in 1972.
Phil Hawthorne's international rugby league debut against Great Britain in Brisbane on 6 June 1970 alongside John Brass saw them together become Australia's 32nd and 33rd dual code rugby internationals. He played all three Tests against Great Britain in 1970 and was captain in the 3rd Test with Langlands and Sattler injured and unavailable. He is named on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 441.
Injury restricted Hawthorne's appearances in 1971. He left the club at the end of that year to join the Eastern Suburbs Roosters but spent much of the 1972 season in reserve grade behind the competition's eventual player of the year, his former Wallaby team-mate John Ballesty.
Hawthorne is remembered as a field-goal specialist with notable statistics including:
- 6 field goals in 5 Test matches on the 66-67 Wallaby Tour
- 18 field goals in 18 appearances with St George in 1968
- 12 field goals in 12 appearances with St George in 1969
- 3 field goals in his 3 Rugby League Tests in 1970.
|Australian national rugby league captain