Vic Armbruster

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Vic Armbruster
V. Armbruster - Rochdale Hornets.jpg
Ogden's Cigarette card featuring Vic Armbruster
Personal information
Born(1902-07-12)12 July 1902
Meerschaum Vale, New South Wales, Australia
Died11 October 1984(1984-10-11) (aged 82)
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1921–23 Mullumbimby
1924–25 Valleys (Toowoomba)
1926–28 Grammars (Brisbane)
1929–30 Fortitude Valley
1931 Bundaberg
1931–35 Rochdale Hornets
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1922 New South Wales 1 0 0 0 0
1924–31 Queensland 26 9 3 0 33
1924–30 Australia 8 2 0 0 6
Other Nationalities 1 0 0 3

Louis Victor Armbruster[1] (born 12 July 1902 – 11 October 1984) was an Australian rugby league footballer for New South Wales, Queensland and Australia. He is considered one of the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century.[2] He primarily played in the Second-row.

Playing career[edit]

Armbruster's grade career commenced in the country at Mullumbimby, New South Wales from where he gained state selection for New South Wales in 1922. He played in the historic match of 1922 which saw Queensland beat New South Wales for the first time since 1908. Many of the victorious Queenslanders that day would later be Armbruster's state and national team-mates.[3]

Armbruster back row 2nd player from right, with the Kangaroos 1st Test, 5 October 1929

Along with his future Kangaroo captain Tom Gorman and state/national teammate Herb Steinohrt, Armbruster was a member of the 1924-25 world class Toowoomba side that beat all-comers including Sydney premiers Souths, Brisbane, Ipswich and representative sides including New South Wales, Victoria, Great Britain and New Zealand.

While playing with Toowoomba, Armbruster first gained national selection appearing in the 2nd and 3rd Tests of the 1924 domestic Ashes series against Great Britain.

He played with the Grammars club in Brisbane and then Valleys and was a regular representative in the Queensland state side making 35 appearances up till 1931. He was selected for the 1929–30 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and played in three Tests and sixteen minor representative tour games.[citation needed]

In February 2008, Armbruster was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia.[4][5]

In 2008, rugby league in Australia's centenary year, Armbruster was named on the bench of both the Bundaberg Rugby League's and Toowoomba and South West teams of the century.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Mullumbimby Giants Club Profile". Mullumbimby Giants. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
  2. ^ Century's Top 100 Players Archived 25 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Pollard, Jack (1965). Gregory's Guide to Rugby League. Australia: Grenville Publishing.
  4. ^ Peter Cassidy. "Controversy reigns as NRL releases top 100 players". Macquarie National News. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Centenary of Rugby League - The Players". NRL/ARL. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008.
  6. ^ "BRL Team of the Century named". Bundaberg Rugby League Ltd. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  7. ^ Leslie, Cameron (21 August 2008). "Rugby League Team of the Century named". The Chronicle. Retrieved 8 January 2012.

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