Tony Neary

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Tony Neary
Full name Anthony Neary
Date of birth (1948-11-25)25 November 1948
Place of birth Manchester, Lancashire, England
School De La Salle College, Salford
University Liverpool University
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
? to ?
Invitational:
? to ?
County side:
? to ?
Other representative:
1972
1979
Broughton Park

Barbarian F.C.

Lancashire[1]

North West Counties
North of England
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1971–1980
1977
England England
United Kingdom British Isles
43
1
(19)
(0)

Anthony "Tony" Neary (born 25 November 1948)[2] is a former England international rugby union player. He represented England at U18's basketball as well as rugby. He attended De La Salle College in Pendleton, Salford and Liverpool University before qualifying as a solicitor.

Rugby career[edit]

Neary played club rugby for Broughton Park. An open side forward whose international career ran from 1971 to 1980, his 43 appearances for the England team were a record (subsequently beaten) at the time of his retirement. He captained England in seven international matches between March 1975 and March 1976, played for the Barbarians, toured twice with the British and Irish Lions - to South Africa in 1974 and New Zealand in 1977, playing one international. He was a member of the famous North team which beat the All Blacks at Otley on 17 November 1979. He was one of four Broughton Park players in this side and was joined by teammates Kevin O’Brien at full back, Tony Bond in the centre and Jim Sydall in the second row.[3] Along with Broughton Park team mate Mike Leadbetter, he was also part of a famous North West Counties team which defeated the All Blacks, 16-14, in Workington in 1972.[3]

Conviction[edit]

Neary was jailed for theft in February 1998 after admitting stealing money from a trust fund of millionaire friend John Gorna. After his release, he commented on living in London since his release - recently said: "I don't follow rugby any more, I'm just looking to get on with my life."[3]

Notes[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Fran Cotton
English National Rugby Union Captain
1975
Succeeded by
John Pullin
Preceded by
John Pullin
English National Rugby Union Captain
1976
Succeeded by
Roger Uttley