3 September 1972 |
Kurrajong, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||175 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (12 st 8 lb)|
Robbie O'Davis (born 3 September 1972 in Kurrajong, New South Wales) is an Australian retired professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. An Australian international and Queensland State of Origin representative fullback and occasional winger, he played his entire club career with the Newcastle Knights, winning the 1997 and 2001 Premierships with them.
O'Davis grew up in Toowoomba, Queensland where, at 16 he played senior rugby league alongside his father. After playing in the Brisbane Rugby League Premiership for Eastern Suburbs, he joined the New South Wales Rugby League Premiership with the Newcastle Knights.
With the start of the Super League war in 1995 and the Australian Rugby League's stance on not selecting Super League aligned players, O'Davis made his State of Origin debut for Queensland in their surprise 3-0 series win over New South Wales. He was then selected for Australia in the first test of the 1995 Trans-Tasman Test series against New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. After missing the second test win in Sydney, O'Davis made his run on debut for the Kangaroos in the final test in Brisbane, scoring his first test try in the home sides 46-10 win which completed a 3-0 series win.
Following the 1995 ARL season, O'Davis was selected for Australia's World Cup squad. He played in three games during the World Cup, scoring 5 tries. After playing from the bench in the extra-time Semi-final win over New Zealand, he was selected for the Final at the famous Wembley Stadium, but didn't get off the bench in Australia's 16-8 win over England.
He won the Clive Churchill Medal for best player in the 1997 ARL season's Grand Final over hot favourites and defending premiers Manly-Warringah. However the following year, he and Newcastle team mate Wayne Richards tested positive for Anabolic steroids and received maximum 22-match bans, while another team mate Adam MacDougall received an 11-week suspension.
O'Davis played for Newcastle at fullback in their 2001 NRL Grand Final victory over the Parramatta Eels. Having won the 2001 NRL Premiership, the Knights travelled to England to play the 2002 World Club Challenge against Super League champions, the Bradford Bulls. O'Davis played at fullback in Newcastle's loss. He retired at the end of the 2004 NRL season.
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- http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/hanstrans.nsf/V3ByKey/LA19980625 New South Wales Parliament (Hansard transcript), 25 June 1988. Search keyword "Robbie"
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