full list of players that have played first grade for the Dragons
club since 1921.
St George Illawarra
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1962, 2 games. (0pts)
Qld rep (1963, 1965-66 &1967-70).
Aust rep (1970).
Played in Reserve Grade premiership winning side of 1962.
1967-68, 8 games. 4t (12pts)
Champion Rhodesian RU winger. Scored 123
tries with Wigan (UK) and was brought into Saints following
the retirement of Eddie Lumsden. His stay in the Sydney
comp was short however when he suffred a knee injury after
just a handful of games.
Went on to help form the SARL.
2002, 11 games.
Born: 8 Dec 1977, Wellington, NZ
Weight: 98kg Height: 182cm
Junior club Upper Hutt Tigers NZ.
Rep honours include Country NSW, NSW Residents
and World Cup for Samoa in 2000.
Debuted with Saints' First Grade in May 12, 2002 (v Canberra
at WIN Stadium).
1997-98, 25 games + 9 repl. 2t (8pts)
SI, 1999-2000, 16 games (incl repl).
TOTAL: 1997-2000, 50 games (incl repl). 3t (12pts)
more: team 1999
1990-91, 2 games + 6 repl.
Graeme 'Chang', 'Changa'
1963-76, 227 games.
86t, 648g (1554pts)
The greatest player of all time?
Fullback. Centre. Captain-coach 1972-75.
NSW rep (1962-75).
Aust rep (1963-75).
In Rugby League circles, the name 'Langlands' is synonymous
The last man to captain-coach Australia, Graeme Langlands
has been described by some as the greatest player of
Born in 1941, 'Changa' came to Saints from Wollongong
following impressive displays for Country Firsts and
Initially, Wollongong agreed to release Langlands for
£3000. But Saints tried to negotiate a transfer
deal where the Wollongong club would be paid £1000
up front, plus £1000 every time Langlands played
an international. Wollongong rejected the offer and
took the £3000 one-off transfer fee instead.
History shows that Langlands represented Australia no
less than 90 times, posting a record 189 points (17t,
69g) and playing in 34 Tests.
He was first selected for Australia soon after joining
St George, touring with the 1963-64 Kangaroos. He scored
a record 20 points (2t, 7g) in Australia's 50-12 whitewash
of Great Britain in the Test match at Swinton.
He later played in four Grand Final winning sides, including
1966 when he kicked seven goals in Saints' win over
Langlands was the competition's leading point scorer
in 1971 and 1973. In an outstanding career, he was the
club's top point scorer in first grade on 10 occasions:
1963 (107points), 1965 (161), 1966 (126), 1969 (166),
1970 (123), 1971 (196), 1972 (149), 1973 (183), 1974
(77), and 1975 (73).
After being recalled into the Australian side in 1974,
Langlands played a magnificent match to win the Ashes
and was carried aloft from the field with the huge SCG
crowd chanting his name.
The greatest point scorer in the history of St George
retired in 1976. In the same year, he was awarded a
Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal for his contribution
to Rugby League and club life.
Perhaps one of the greatest honours a player can receive
is that which is bestowed upon him by his peers. In
1985, Rugby League Week arranged an Australian
team reunion. Entitled, 'The Masters', it included 'the
13 best' players since 1970. Amongst them were no less
than eight former Australian captains, including Graeme
Langlands. When it came to the 'team photo', 'Changa'
was late to take his seat and there was only one spot
left, the one in the centre of the front row and the
position reserved for the team captain. Those in attendance
had spontaneously and unanimously decided that the captain's
spot for this legendary team belonged to Graeme Langlands.
In 1999, Graeme Langlands was named a Rugby League
more: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971,
1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1981
2000, 3 repl. (0pts)
1949-50, 19 games.
Played in 1949 Grand Final victory.
Went on to refereeing.
A respected member of the club, Carl Langton passed away
on the 10th December 2003.
more: 1949, 2003
1921-24 & 1929, 53 games.
NSW rep (1925-28?).
Played in initial first grade match for Saints in 1921.
Rated at the time as the fastest forward
in the game, Lapham finished third behind legendary winger,
Benny Wearing in the '100 yards Championship of League'
in the 1920s.
Played in the forwards in 1921 but switched to winger
A fitness fanatic, 'Curly' didnt smoke or drink and spent
the summer months running with the local harriers.
Left Saints for South Sydney (1925-28) but made return
to Saints for 1929. Went on to become club selector.
Ernie 'Curly' Lapham was still alive in 1999 (age 97)
in a Brisbane nursing home and was regarded as the only
surviving member of the original team.
more: 1921, 1926
1985-89, 47 games + 10 repl.
17t, 42g (152pts)
An exciting attacking fullback. Originally played in Berry
and then Darwin before linking up with Wollongong. Larder
also scored 115 points in reserve grade including 21 tries.
He has since been a major reason for University RLFC being
a competitive outfit in the Carlton League.
Went on to play AFL for Port Kembla
1927, 3 games. (0pts)
1942, 3 games. (0pts)
in 1942 grand final.
1945, 4 games. 1t (3pts)
1931, 1 game. (0pts)
1951, 3 games. (0pts)
2006, 6 games
Junior Club: Hurstville United.
Graded at the Dragons in 2002, Charlie Leaneo was part
of the 2005 Jersey Flegg premiership winning side..
In 2006, Leaneo, 20, burst onto the NRL scene, scoring
two tries on debut. He went on to play six games in first
grade before having his season cut short with shoulder
Despite being contracted until 2008, Leaneo did not make
an appearance in first grade in 2007, the front rower
eventually being released in the same year. He was signed
by the Bulldogs for 2008.
1953-56 & 1958, 57 games.
NSW rep (1955).
An exciting back, Merv's career was plagued
by injury. He was forced from field in 1956 Grand Final
with broken collar bone, Saints eventually winning with
1988, 1 game + 2 repl. (0pts)
1997-98, 9 games + 11 repl. 1t (4pts)
SI, 1999-2003, 91 games (incl repl). 2t
TOTAL: 1997-2003, 111 games (incl repl).
Born , 1975 Wollongong. Dapto junior who enjoys Tai Kwon
First Grade debut: Illawarra v Souths at SFS, May 25,
Played in 1999 grand final.
Sign to English Super League for 2004.
more: 1999, 2003
1996-98, 22 games + 18 repl.
1930-32, 40 games.
Played in 1930 grand final.
Died as a Prisoner Of War in Malaysia in
more: team 1930
2008, 3 games.
Born: 11/03/1987 in Penrith (NSW).
Junior Club: Narooma Devils.
Rep Honours: Junior Kangaroos 2005.
First Grade Debut: Roosters v Sharks at Toyota Stadium,
Rd 15 2005
First Grade Debut with Dragons: Dragons v Bulldogs at
Homebush, Round 6, Saturday 19 April, 2008.
Michael Lett played in three first grade games with the
Roosters in 2005, scoring one try.
1966, 4 games + 1 repl. (0pts)
Listed as a replacement (for Robin Gourley) and played
in the 1966 Grand Final.
1938-44 & 1946-49, 133 games.
110t, 99g (528pts)
St George junior (Arncliffe Scots).
Brilliant attacking back scored 28 points
(against University) in just his second game for St
George third grade in 1937.
Scored 110 tries (at the time a club record). Holds
club record of six match tries against Manly in 1947
and holds equal points match scoring record of 36 first
grade points in the same game (Les Griffin also scored
36 points for one match in 1935).*
Scored five tries or more for Saints on five other occasions
(against Balmain, Easts, Wests, Waratah Mayfield and
Was the club's top point scorer in first grade in 1946,
1947 and 1948.
Represented Combined Sydney in 1941, 1942 and 1943.
Played in 1941 Grand Final victory as well as the 1942
and 1946 grand finals.
Only played with St George. Passed away
in June, 2000.
Brother of Ray Lindwall.
more: 1938, 1940, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1949,
*The Dragons official website reports on 18 June 2002
that Jersey Flegg (third grade) back Wes Naiqama has
secured a club record by scoring 38 points in the Dragon's
victory over North Sydney.
The article at http://www.dragons.com.au/news/static/article_798.asp
Naiqama crossed for five tries and kicked nine goals
from as many attempts to surpass the joint record of
36 points held by Les Griffin and Jack Lindwall.
Griffin scored two tries and kicked 15 goals in 1935
while playing for St George and Lindwall made his mark
with six tries and nine goals in 1947 while also donning
the Red V.
1940 & 1942-43 & 1946, 31 games.
2t 115g (235pts).
St George junior who played both district Cricket and
Rugby League was described in 1941 by magazine Rugby
League News as a 'fine footballer and a magnificent
In 1942, Ray Lindwall scored 143 first
grade points (1t, 70g) and was rated the best fullback
in the game.
He played in the 1942 grand final before joining international
Cricket. He was flown back from a tour of India to play
in the 1946 grand final where he failed to kick a goal
in what was his last game for Saints.
Went on to further greatness in Australian cricket as
a strike fast bowler in 'Bradman's Invincibles' (1948).
Eventually capturing 200 Test wickets, Ray Lindwall captained
Australia following Don Bradman's retirement.
Passed away in 1996.
Brother of Jack Lindwall.
more: 1940, 1942, 1946
1984-90, 88 games (+12 repl)
Season's top try scorer in 1985 (16 tries).
'Dally M' rookie of the year in 1985.
Career suffered following long suspension
in 1987 and was eventually sacked by Saints as a disciplinary
action in 1990.
Linnane linked up with the Newcastle Knights for one season
in 1991 before becoming captain-coach of Kurri Kurri.
He retired as a player in 1996 and was then appointed
assistant coach at the Knights from 1997-1999. Linnane
moved to the UK in 1999 to take the job as head coach
of Rochdale. In 2000 he joined Super League club Halifax
as assistant coach before being appointed head coach in
2001. Following a series of losses, Linnane was sacked
by Halfax in 2002. The former Dragon then had moderate
success with Hull Kingston Rovers in 2002 before resigning
more: 1985, 1987
1979, 1 repl. (0pts)
2004, 1 game (0pts)
forward. Second row forward.
Born 1973 in Sydney. Cronulla-Caringbah junior played
for City Origin in 2002.
Former Sharks and Manly forward battled with injury in
1931, 1934 & 1939, 34 games.
Rated highly and competed with champion Wests' pivot Vic
Hey for representative selection before breaking his leg
1967, 4 games. 1t (3pts)
1975, 2 games. (0pts)
Born: 17th June, 1987
First Grade Debut: 18/3/2007, Round 1 Titans vs. Dragons
at Suncorp Stadium aka Lang Park (Dragons won 20-18)
A standout in the 2004 Port Kembla side that took out
the under 18s premiership, defeating Dapto by 15-8 in
the grand final at WIN Stadium.
Signed with the Knights for 2008.
1957-66, 158 games.
136t, 17g (442pts)
NSW rep (1957 & 1959-63).
Aust rep (1959-63).
Scoring 100 tries in 100 games by 1963, Eddie
Lumsden became only the second post-war player to reach
a century of premiership tries (Souths (and
Wollongong) winger, Ian Moir being the first).
The competition's leading try scorer
in 1958 (18 tries) and 1962 (21 tries), the champion
right flanker played in nine grand final wins.
Went on to become an Australian selector.
more: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963,
1933-35 & 1937, 29 games.
12t, 6g (48pts)
Waverley College junior, also played with Easts in 1932-32
Played with Saints in their record 91-6 thrashing of Canterbury
Went on to be a graded referee (1939-41) and lower grade
coach at Easts (1944).
Was also Easts club secretary in 1945 and co-manager of
Kangaroos in 1963-64.
Became deputy vice-president of NSWRL before passing away