Stephen Knight (rugby)

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Steve Knight
Full name Stephen Oliver Knight[1]
Date of birth (1948-07-24) 24 July 1948 (age 69)[1]
Place of birth Manly, New South Wales [1]
University University of Sydney
Rugby league career
Position(s) Three-quarter
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
(30) [2]
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1972 Australia 2 0
Rugby union career
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1966-71 Manly RUFC ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1969–71[1] Wallabies 6[1] (3)[1]

Stephen Oliver "Steve" Knight (born 24 July 1948 in Manly, New South Wales) is a former representative Australian rugby league and rugby union footballer - a dual code international. He played as a winger or centre.

Rugby union[edit]

Knight's rugby union career was with the Manly club in Sydney. He represented for the Wallabies on 6 occasions between 1969 and 1971, once against Scotland and five times against South Africa.[1] Knight's international debut was against South Africa on the Wallabies' 1969 tour and he met them again during the tumultuous Springbok tour of 1971 tour that resulted in a groundswell of anti-apartheid expression by Australian demonstrators. He earned a 7th international rugby union cap as a member of a Presidents XV against England in 1970.[1]

Rugby league[edit]

Knight switched to rugby league in 1972, joining the Western Suburbs Magpies.[2] He was selected to represent Australia at rugby league for the 1972 World Cup and played in two pool games against Great Britain and New Zealand. His international rugby league debut against Great Britain saw him become Australia's 465th Kangaroo and 36th dual code rugby international behind Hawthorne and Brass and preceding Geoff Richardson. Knight finished his club career with the Manly Sea Eagles[2] and was a member of the 1978 premiership side that drew the Grand Final against the Cronulla Sharks and won the replay which had to be played just three days later due the upcoming 1978 Kangaroo tour.

Steve Knight graduated from Sydney Teachers College in 1972 with a diploma in physical education.[citation needed]