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Champion Newtown rugby league centre Dick Poole in action for the Bluebags against South Sydney. Photo: Newtown RLFC
Champion Newtown rugby league centre Dick Poole in action for the Bluebags against South Sydney. Photo: Newtown RLFC

Bluebags legend turns 90 this week

Dick Poole, the champion Newtown rugby league centre of the 1950s, turns 90 on Friday, 27th November.

Dick was a De La Salle, Marrickville junior product who was graded with the Newtown Bluebags senior club in 1949. He played with Newtown from 1949 to 1958, amassing a total of 133 first grade appearances. He later played with Western Suburbs between 1959 and 1961. Dick played in two first grade grand finals in 1954 and 1955, losing on both occasions to South Sydney. He was captain-coach of the Newtown first grade team from 1955 to 1958.

Poole won Australian representative honours from 1955 to 1957, including a tour with the 1956-57 Kangaroos to Great Britain and France. He played a total of ten Test matches in 1955 and 1956.

The pinnacle of his career was being named as the Australian team’s captain-coach in the 1957 Rugby League World Cup tournament, in which Poole led Australia to an undefeated victory. This is an achievement that is most unlikely to ever be repeated in the modern rugby league game.

He coached the Newtown first grade team from 1966 to 1968, with the Bluebags making the semi-finals in 1966.

In 2008 he received the honour of being named as a centre in the Newtown RLFC Team of the Century.

The Newtown RLFC extends congratulations and good wishes to Dick Poole on this special birthday occasion. Dick remains as one of the greatest icons of the Newtown Jets (formerly Bluebags), the oldest club in rugby league in Australia.

The Newtown RLFC has indeed been all the richer for the contribution of Dick Poole.

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Chris Lane’s panoramic shot of ANZ Stadium after fulltime on the 6th October captures the unbridled elation of the Newtown Jets after their astounding last-minute victory.

Recalling the extraordinary events at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, 6th October 2019

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Tom Raudonikis celebrates after scoring a try in the 1981 NSWRL Grand Final (colourised by thefootydog@mail.com)

Remembering forty years ago ….

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This week we gratefully acknowledge the staunch support of the Coverforce organisation, who have been sponsoring the Newtown RLFC since 2014

Newtown forever - The Class of 1981. Image: Newtown RLFC Archives

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