Steve Nash (rugby league)

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Steve Nash
Personal information
Born (1949-04-07) 7 April 1949 (age 68)
Playing information
Position Scrum-half
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1967–74/75 Featherstone Rovers 193+8 52 70 2 298
1975–84 Salford 2 3 5 18
Total 201 54 73 7 316
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1971/72–≥74/75 Yorkshire ≥5
1975–81 England 7 1 0 0 3
1971–82 Great Britain 25 2 0 1 7
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1989 Mansfield
Source: RLP

Steve Nash (born (1949-04-07)7 April 1949) is an English Rugby League World Cup winning footballer who played in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and coached in the 1980s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, England, and Yorkshire, and at club level for Featherstone Rovers (Heritage № 474), and Salford, as a Scrum-half/Halfback, and coaching at club level for Mansfield Marksman. Nash won 24 Great Britain caps altogether and also played 7 games for the England team.

Playing career[edit]


Steve Nash made his début for Featherstone Rovers on Sunday 11 March 1967,[1] he played Scrum-half/Halfback, and scored a try, in Featherstone Rovers' 9-12 loss against Hull F.C. in the 1969 Yorkshire County Cup Final During the 1969–70 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 20 September 1969. In 1971, while playing for Featherstone, Nash played his first matches for the Great Britain Lions against France, and New Zealand, and in 1972 against France (2 matches). He played in the 1972 World Cup Final against Australia which was drawn 10-all, enabling Great Britain to claim the Cup. Steve Nash played Scrum-half/Halfback, and was voted man of the match winning the Lance Todd Trophy in the 33-14 victory over Bradford Northern in the 1973 Challenge Cup Final during the 1972–73 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 12 May 1973, in front of a crowd of 72,395, played Scrum-half/Halfback in the 9-24 defeat by Warrington in the 1974 Challenge Cup Final during the 1973–74 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1974, in front of a crowd of 77,400. During the 1973 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France, Nash was selected to play for Great Britain at scrum half back in the first two Ashes Test matches against Australia. Nash continued to play for Great Britain in 1974 against Australia (3 matches), and New Zealand (3 matches). Nash won caps for England while at Featherstone Rovers in the 1975 Rugby League World Cup against Wales, New Zealand, and Australia, and in 1975 against Papua New Guinea. Steve Nash won caps for Yorkshire while at Featherstone Rovers; during the 1971–72 season against Lancashire, during the 1972–73 season against Cumberland, and Lancashire, during the 1973–74 season against Cumbria, and Lancashire, and during the 1974–75 season against Cumbria.


In 1975 Nash moved to Salford, for a cash world-record £15,000 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £161,900 in 2013).[2] During the 1975–76 Northern Rugby Football League season Nash played at Scrum-half/Halfback in the Premiership Final loss against St Helens. He played Scrum-half/Halfback in Salford's 7-16 loss to Widnes in the 1975 Lancashire County Cup Final at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 4 October 1975. He continued to represent Great Britain and narrowly missed out on a second World Cup victory in the 1977 Final which was lost to Australia 12-13. In the first Test against Bob Fulton's Australia at Central Park, Wigan, in October, 1978 Britain lost 15-9 and Nash and his opposite number, Tommy Raudonikis, were sent off for fighting early in the second half. During the 1978 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France Nash continued to play at half back in all three Ashes Test matches. Nash continued to represent England in 1978 against France, and Wales, and in 1981 against Wales (2 matches),[3] For the 1982 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France Nash was recalled to the Great Britain team as captain for the first Test against Australia at Hull in 1982. Australia won 40-4. Steve Nash also played Scrum-half/Halfback in Great Britain's 7-8 defeat to France in the friendly at Stadio Pierluigi Penzo, Venice on Saturday 31 July 1982.[4]

Nash finished his career with Rochdale Hornets.[5] His Testimonial match at Salford took place in 1984.

Open Rugby inaugural World XIII[edit]

The Open Rugby inaugural World XIII was revealed in June 1978, it was; Graham Eadie, John Atkinson, Steve Rogers, Jean-Marc Bourret[1], Green Vigo, Roger Millward, Steve Nash, Jim Mills, Keith Elwell, Steve Pitchford, Terry Randall, George Nicholls, and Greg Pierce.

Honoured at Featherstone Rovers[edit]

Steve Nash is a Featherstone Rovers Hall of Fame inductee.[6]


  1. ^ Bailey, Ron (20 September 2001). Images of Sport - Featherstone Rovers Rugby League Football Club. The History Press. ISBN 0752422952
  2. ^ "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "England Statistics at". englandrl. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at". englandrl. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Hughes, Ed (31 October 2004). "Caught in Time: Great Britain prepare for 1972 rugby league World Cup final". The Sunday Times. UK: Times Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Featherstone Rovers legends added to Hall of Fame". 5 November 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 

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