Ron Rowles

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Ron Rowles
Ron Rowles with wife Peggy.jpg
Ron Rowles with wife
Personal information
Full name Ronald George Rowles
Born (1928-02-12)12 February 1928
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Died 3 June 2017(2017-06-03) (aged 89)
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1950–54 Manly-Warringah 46 352 0 842
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1948–49 Country NSW 2 1 2 ? 7
As of 4/6/2016

Ron Rowles (12 February 1928 in Wollongong, New South Wales - 3 June 2017) was an Australian rugby league footballer of the 1940s and 1950s, he was a goal-kicking wing whose club career was played with the Manly-Warringah for whom he set a number of point-scoring records in the 1950s.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Originally a Wollongong / Illawarra junior, Ron Rowles was to become one of the greatest point scorers for Sydney's Manly-Warringah club. He played in Manly's maiden grand final in 1951 and played five first grade seasons with the club between 1950-1954.

Point scoring records[edit]

He was the first Manly player to top 100 points in a season and was the season's leading point-scorer in four successive years; 1951 (11t, 83g - 199 pts), 1952 (8t, 77g - 178 pts), 1953 (8t, 64g - 152 pts) and 1954 (13t, 92g - 223 pts).

He scored a club record 30 points (4t, 9g) in a match against Canterbury in 1954. He starred in a Possibles vs. Probables trial for the 1948-49 Kangaroos, but it was 'a travesty that he never played for his state or Australia'.[2]

He was the second highest point scorer in Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles history, scoring 842 points during his career at the club.

Ron Rowles was the father of the former rugby union, and rugby league footballer Peter Rowles.

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