Rod Silva

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Rodney Silva
Personal information
Full name Rodney Silva
Born (1967-12-10) 10 December 1967 (age 49)
Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 84 kg (13 st 3 lb)
Playing information
Position Fullback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1988–94 Eastern Suburbs 92 34 0 0 136
1995–01 Canterbury Bulldogs 100 56 0 0 224
Total 192 90 0 0 360

Rodney "Rod" Silva (born 10 December 1967 in Penrith, New South Wales[1]) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of indigenous background.[2] He initially played football for the Sydney Roosters from 1988 to 1994. He was named Daly M Fullback of the year in 1993. In 1995, Phil Gould joined the Roosters as coach and moved Silva to reserve grade, ultimately cutting him from the team. In the middle of the season of that year Silva joined the Canterbury Bulldogs and took their troubled fullback position, ultimately scoring the final try in the Bulldogs grand final win against Manly that year.[3] He played at fullback for the Bulldogs in their loss to the Brisbane Broncos in the 1998 NRL grand final.

Silva retired from professional Rugby League in 2001. It has been remarked that he is the last of the pedigree of NRL players that also worked as Police Officers.[4]


  1. ^ Bulldogs profile
  2. ^ "Koori Cops". World News. SBS. 9 May 2003. Archived from the original on 4 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  3. ^ "BULLDOGS V ROOSTERS: FROM BLUE & WHITE EYES". 4 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  4. ^ "Taking Rugby League by Force". Sydney Morning Herald. 5 March 2005. Retrieved 2008-09-10.