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St George Dragons Rugby League History
Since 1921 - Our Proud History
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A full list of players that have played first grade for the Dragons club since 1921.
S: St George I: Illawarra SI: St George Illawarra Games may also mean interchange repl: replacement * current player
Name Details Notes / info links
Page, Doug S, 1961, 1 game. 1t (3pts)  
Paki, Huatahi Turoa Brown
Huatahi Turoa Brown Paki
Photo was taken on Brownie's 80th Birthday in 1984 in his home town of
Huntly, NZ.
Click on pic for larger image.
S, 1923, 15 games.
3t (9pts)
Captain of the 1922 Maori touring team.
Originally lured to Saints by George Carstairs, 'Brownie' later recalled coming over to Sydney on the steamer, Marama and held with pride throughout his life that he played with St George.
A popular personality, Paki was regarded as the first 'outsider' to be imported into Sydney football.
In 2006, Mr Tim Manukau of Huntly (NZ) writes:
Brownie was very influential identity in the development of Maori Rugby League within the Waikato Region, as a player, administrator and an ambassador for the sport.
In 1922 he represented the "Rest of Australia" against the Kangaroos and scored a memorable try in that match at the Sydney Cricket ground.
Brownie assisted Tonga Mahuta in founding the Taniwharau Rugby League Club in Huntly, the very club that produced Kiwi league players such as Andrew Berryman, Don Parkinson, Ricky Muru and most recently Wairangi Koopu and Lance Hohaia.
Park, Scott
Scott Park 1993
S, 1993-94, 4 repl.
1t (4pts)
more: team 1993
Parsons, Jack
Jack Parsons
S, 1926, 4 games. (0pts) Halfback.
St George junior (Bexley Hotspurs).
Described by the media as a 'nippy' half back, Jack Parsons was a star in the St George second grade in the early-mid 1920s. He played in four first grade games in 1926 before retiring to look after family and an engineering business.
In The St George Call (1926), the enigmatic 'Forward' described in detail Parson's kicking skills and speed:"Parsons, who for his first game in First Grade performed exceptionally well. He was easily the best back."
Jack Parsons passed away 1973, aged 69.
Passfield, Barry S, 1952-53, 29 games. 9t (27 pts)  
Patch, Craig I,  1994, 1 repl. (0pts)  
Patrick, Kim I,  1983-85, 26 games. 8t (32pts)  
Patten, Luke
Luke Patten 1999
I,  1998, 13 games.
5t (20pts)

SI, 1999-2000, 33 games (incl repl).
13t (52pts)
Played in 1999 grand final.

more: 1999
Patten, Wes
'Gatten', 'Snipes'

Wes Patten
SI, 2000, 10 repl.
2t (8pts)
Halfback. Hooker.
1992 Jersey Flegg Player of the Year.

Only 165cm tall, Patten was an elusive halfback and a specialist when it came to Rugby League Sevens competition and Touch Football.
An actor, Wes featured in ABC TV's 'Heartland' drama series.

Patten went on to play in the Sydney Metropolitian Cup competition.
Pattison, Michael
Michael Pattison 1985
I,  1985-86, 41 games.
4t (16pts)
Five eighth.
Illawarra's player of the year in 1985 forced into retirement by back injury. Would have played for NSW if not for a career plagued by health misfortunes.
Pauls, Andrew I,  1992-93, 4 games + 3 repl. 1t (4pts)  
Payne, Corey
Corey Payne
SI, 2005-2006,
47 games (incl repl).
8t (32pts)
Second row forward.
Born 7 May 1984 in Sydney.
Height: 188cm
A Chester Hill junior, Payne came to Saints from Canterbury in 2004. His first grade debut was with Saints in round 1 of 2005 (v Bulldogs Friday 11 March).
In 2005, Payne's contract with the Dragons was extended until 2007.
At the conclusion of season 2007, Payne signed a two year deal with Wests Tigers.
Peard, John 'Bomber' S, 1972-73, 17 games.
3t, 1fg (10pts)
Five eighth. Goal kicker.
NSW rep (1976-77).

Aust rep (1975 & 1977)

Credited with perfecting the  'bomb' which was previously known as an 'up and under' while playing with Easts in the mid 70s and later again with Parramatta.
more: 1972
Pearson, Corey
Corey Pearson 1999
S, 1997-98, 35 games. 4t (16pts)
SI, 1999-2000, 21 games + 13 repl. 2t (8 pts)
TOTAL: 1997-2000, 56 games + 13 repl. 6t (24pts)
Born 1973, Sydney. Balmain Police Boys juniors.
After debuting in 1995, Pearson played for Tigers, Saints and Eels before retiring at the end of 2005.
more: team 1999
Peek, Adam
Adam Peek 2007
SI, 2007,
19 games.
1t (4pts)
Prop forward.
Born: 5/10/1977, Sydney.
Junior Club: Peakhurst Hawks.
Height: 190cm
First Grade Debut (Super League): Friday, 22nd August, 1997. Rams 36 v Panthers 16
A rugby league journeyman, Adam Peek's first grade career includes stints at the Adelaide Rams (1997-1998), Bulldogs (1999-2001), Rabbitohs (2002), and Eels (2003-2006) before he linked up with Saints in 2007.
At the conclusion of 2007, Adam Peek had made 113 first grade appearances, scoring seven tries (28 points).
Peek agreed to terms with the Sharks for 2008.
Perenara, Henry
Henry Perenara 2003

SI, 2003-2004, 16 games (incl repl)
1t (4pts)
Henry Perenara 2004
Second row forward. Lock forward.
Born 1980, Auckland.
Played junior rugby league for Newlynn Stags NZ.
Rep honours include one Test for NZ (2001) and World Cup for NZ Maori (2000).
Played NRL with Auckland Warriors (First Grade debut v Sydney Roosters at SFS, June 24, 2000) and Melbourne Storm (2001-2002).
Signed by the Eels for 2005.
more: 2003, 2004
Perkins, Troy S, 1997, 1 repl. (0pts)  
Pert, Sidney S, 1954-57, 40 games.
11t (33pts)
Wollongong junior.
Represented City Colts (v France) in 1955.
NB: Another player by the same name, Sid Pert played with Glebe (1909-14 &1916-19) and was the club timekeeper at St George up until about 1953.
Peters, Willie
Willie Peters
S, 2001-2002, 38 games (inc repl).
13t, 5fg (57pts)
Former South Sydney player, Peters ventured to the UK in 1999, signing with Gateshead and then Wigan.
He returned to Australia and joined St George Illawarra Dragons in 2001.

Released from the Dragons in 2002, Peters signed with his first club, South Sydney for 2003.
Following another stint in the UK (with Widnes), Peters returned to Australia and signed with the Wollongong Bulls in the Tooheys League for 2006.
Peters was also named in the Dragons side for the Premier League (second grade) pre-season trials in 2006.

more: 2001, 2002
Peters, T
T Peters 1925
S, 1923-26, 31 games.
Listed as only playing with St George.
A member of the first team that played at Earl Park in 1925.
more: team 1925
Pethybridge, Gary S, 1973-74, 33 games.
9t (27pts)
NSW rep (1973).
Parramatta junior.
Forced to leave Saints following a serious neck injury.
Took a risk of further injury when he captained Penrith in the late 1970s. Went on to coach Parramatta and Penrith lower grades.

Phillips, Peter
Peter Phillips 1987

I, 1987-89 & 1995, 34 games + 18 repl.
6t (24pts)

S, 1994, 1 repl.

Scored two tries on debut when Illawarra thrashed Souths 25-2 at Redfern Oval in 1987.
Represented City Firsts in 1988.
Phipps, R S, 1931, 12 games. 3t (9pts)  
Piccinelli, Neil
Neil Piccinelli
S, 1989-96, 129 games.
28t, 21g (154pts)
Second row forward. Goal kicker. Helensburgh junior. Set Steelers' club record of 54 tackles against Wests in 1991.
Illawarra's player of the year and City rep in 1993
Joined Super League (Hunter) in 1997 and joined Newcastle afterwards. Rejected lucrative South's contract in 1999, returning home to Helensburgh to play out his career.
Picken, Guy S, 1991-92, 15 games.
1t (4pts)
Front row forward.
Signed from Cronulla at the end of 1990 as part of larger recruitment drive. Career with Saints was shortened following long term injury.

Pidding, Noel
Noel Pidding

S, 1947-53, 104 games.
34t, 248g (598pts)


Fullback. Winger. Goal kicker
NSW rep (1947-48 & 1950-52).

Aust rep (1948 &1950-54).
Maitland junior.

One of the greatest post-war backs to play the game, Pidding was a winger in Saints grand final win in 1949.

Country rep scored a record of  27 points (1t + 12g) in 1950.

He scored 228 pts (22 matches) on the 1952-53 Kangaroo tour which was second only to the great Dave Brown who scored 258pts (32 matches).
The club's top point scorer in 1950 (116pts), 1951 (200pts),1952 (97pts) and 1953 (115pts), Noel Pidding scored 698 points in all grades, 598 in first grade, posting a club record.

During the first Test v Great Britain (SCG) in 1954, he scored an Australian record of 19 pts (1t, 18g).
Returning to Maitland (1954) before playing with Easts (1955-56), Noel Pidding was rated by Norm Provan as the greatest winger he had played with or against.

more: 1947, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953
Pierce, Henry 'Harry' S, 1932-33, 19 games.
1t (3pts)
NSW rep (1938-39).

Aust rep (1937-38).

Easts junior, represented 'Rest of NSW v 'NSW Kangaroos' in 1934.
A member of the champion Easts' sides of the 1930s.
Pollard, Bruce
Bruce Pollard
S, 1963-67, 65 games + 2 repl.
24t (72pts)

Five eighth.
St George (Renown) junior.

Played in two Grand Finals victories in 1963 & 1966 and played in Saints team that defeated touring New Zealand team in 1963.

Scored a try in 1966 Grand Final.

more: 1963, 1966

Pomfret, Lee
Lee Pomfret 1982
S, 1977, 2 games.

I,  1982-83, 27 games.
12t (42pts)
Halfback. Fullback. Winger.
St George junior.
Part of St George 1976 Reserve Grade premiership winning side.

Suffered a broken nose and fractured cheekbone courtesy of Bob Cooper (Wests) while playing with Illawarra in 1982. Cooper was suspended for 15 months following the incident while Pomfret's career never fully recovered..

Played in Steelers' first team.

more: 1982
Pongia, Quentin
Quentin Pongia 2003

SI, 2003, 2 games


Prop forward.
NZ rep 1993-94 & 1998 (as captain) & 2001.
Born 1970, Kiwi forward came from NZ's Canterbury to played with Canberra, Auckland, Easts, the London Broncos and Villeneuve Leopards in France before linking up with St George in mid-2003.
At aged 33, Pongia departed for England after just 2 games with Saints to play out the year and his his career with Wigan.
Poore, Justin*
Justin Poore
SI, 2004-08
107 games (incl repl).
4t (16pts)
Prop forward. Second row forward. Lock forward.
Born: 26 January 1985, Perth WA (source: NRL) / Stanwell Tops NSW (source: Dragons)
Helensburgh Tigers junior.
Height: 188cm.
Rep honours: Schoolboys Australian Touring Team 2002, U/17s NSWRL.
Graded with the Dragons in 2002.
First Grade Debut: Dragons (v Raiders) at Kogarah Jubilee, March 14, 2004 (Rd 1).
A first grade rookie, Poore predominantly played Jersey Flegg (third grade) in 2003.
Winner of the 2004 'Paul McGregor Award' for Most Outstanding Player Achievement.
Poore cemented himself into the first grade squad in 2005, making 24 appearances.
In 2006, Poore's consistency was proven with 25 first grade appearances.
In 2007, Poore made 19 appearances and is regarded as the run-on prop alongside front-row partner Jason Ryles.
In 2008, Poore made another 19 appearances.
Justin Poore is contracted with the Dragons until 2009.
more: 2004, 2007
Pope, Norm (c) S, 1937-38, 20 games.
2t, 1g (8pts)
Captain-coach of St George in 1938.
Also played 50 games for Easts (1927-31) scoring 10 tries.
Popplewell, R S, 1970, 1 game. (0pts)  
Porter, Monty
Monty Porter
S, 1958-65, 118 games + 1 repl.
13t (39pts)
Prop forward. Second row forward.
NSW rep (1960).
The prop come second row forward was an integral part of the St George first graders. Originally from Tamworth, Monty also played for Southern Division club, Thirroul. He also played with Wests in 1955 before finding a home with St George in 1957.

Playing in one of the best packs in the world, Porter played in six Grand Final wins and was unlucky not to play for Australia. Went on to captain Cronulla in 1967 and become the Shark's club secretary. In 1983, he became one of the original members of the nine man NSWRL board of Directors.
more: 1959, 1960, 1962, 1966
Posetti, Rick I,  1985, 2 games.
Illawarra junior. A member of the President Cup premiership winning side in 1984.
Passed away in 1986 after a courageous battle with cancer. Remember by a trophy dedicated in his name which is awarded to a Illawarra junior each year.
Potter, Ken S, 1962, 1 game. (0pts)  
Potter, Michael 'Mick' (c)
Mick Potter 1990
S, 1989-93, 100 games.
14t (56pts)
NSW rep (1984).

Winner of 'Dally M' Player of the Year in 1984 while with Canterbury and won it a second time in 1991 while with St George.

Unlucky not to be selected for Australia in 1992 after playing with the St George 1992 grand final side (surprisingly, no Saints' players gained selection despite being runners up). Team captain in 1993.

more: 1993, 2002
Powell, Rick S, 1982, 1984 & 1986, 5 games + 1 repl. (0pts)  
Powell, Ryan
Ryan Powell
SI, 2004-2005, 5 games (incl repl).
Second row forward.
Born 1982, Bulli (NSW). Thirroul junior.
First Grade Debut: St George Illawarra v. Warriors at Ericsson, March 20, 2004.
Released at the end of 2005.
Pratt, Roy S, 1938 & 1941, 14 games.
44g (88pts)
Utility back. Goal kicker.
Preston, Denis S, 1966-71, 74 games.
21t, 201g (465pts)
Centre. Winger. Fullback. Goal kicker.
Held in high regard, Preston gained selection at fullback forcing Graeme Langlands into the centres.
Club's top scorer in 1967 (6t, 73g, 164pts) and again in 1968 (7t, 83g, 187pts).

Joined Balmian in 1972 before playing out his career with Port Kembla in 1973.

more: 1966, 1967, 1968
Price, Andrew
Andrew Price 2006
SI, 2006, 5 games
1t (4pts)
Second row forward. Prop forward.
Born: 2 June 1982.
Height: 193cm.
Junior club: Canberra Raiders
Previous club: Newcastle Knights
Debut: Dragons (v Wests Tigers) 10 March 2006, Telstra Stadium (Rd 1).
At the time of publishing, Andrew Price was off-contract.
Price, Steven S, 1997, 8 games + 1 repl.
1t, 4g (12pts)
Also played for Balmain in 1999 (2 games + 1 repl., 1 try).
Went to coach Dragons lower grades and as the club's Premier League (second grade) coach in 2006.
Priddle, Tony
Tony Priddle
S, 1990-95, 84 games +20 repl.
11t (44pts)
Second row forward.
Represented NSW U/19s and Country in 1989.

A tall back rower, Priddle played in two grand finals in 1992 and 1993.

more: 1993
Prior, Matt SI, 2008, 11 games
Second Row forward
Born 24 May 1987
Height: 190cm
Junior Clubs: Thirroul Butchers
First Grade debut: St George Illawarra v North Queensland at WIN Stadium, Rd 5 2008
Pritchard, Norm S, 1936, 1 game. (0pts)  

Provan, Norm 'Sticks' (c) (captain-coach)

Provan, Summons - The Gladiators

S, 1951-65, 269 games*
63t, 1g (191pts)

*269 first grade games - a club record.

Norm Provan
Second row forward.
NSW rep (1954-61).

Aust rep (1954 & 1956-60).

Sutherland junior.

Arguably the best back rower to play the game. Played in 10 winning grand final sides including four as captain coach.

In 1963, he and Arthur Summons (Wests) were immortalised in John O'Gready's award winning photo, 'The Gladiators' which later became the model for the premiership trophies of the 1990s and into the 21st century.

An unofficial ambassador of Rugby League, Norm Provan is widely regarding as one of the game's legends.

Brother of Peter Provan

more: 1950, 1951, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1977, 2000
Provan, Peter
Peter Provan 1959
S, 1956 & 1958-60, 14 games.
2t (6pts)
Lock forward.
Aust rep (1963).

Played in 1958 & 1959 Grand Finals. Was also captain of Balmain in their Grand Final win over Souths in 1969.

Brother of Norm Provan. (NB: Norm and Peter Provan are the only brothers to win grand finals at the SCG as captains).

more: 1959
Pullen, Geoff S, 1947-48, 7 games.
23g (46pts)
Fullback. Goal kicker.
Scored more than 100 points in the lower grades.
Credited with kicking one of the most spectacular long range goals at the SCG when in 1946 he put in a towering kick from inside in own half and near the touchline while playing for Army against Combined RAAF.
Purcell, Andrew
Andrew Purcell 1996
I,  1996-98, 14 games + 12 repl.
4t (16pts)
Hooker. Second row forward. Winger. Centre.
Scottish international who played five eighth in the 2000 World Cup.
Purcell played in first grade at hooker and second row for the Steelers in spite of joining the club as a winger/centre from Swinton after playing for Cronulla and Batley.
Went on to Hull and Castleford in England.
Returned to Wollongong in 2002 to play for University but was unable to take part following injury.
Purcell, Craig
Craig Purcell 1983
I,  1983, 5 games. (0pts) Prop forward.
Illawarra junior.
Quinn, Chris S, 1995-96, 21 games + 9 repl.
5t (20pts)
Born 26 June 1968.
Formerly with the Cronulla Sharks (1989-94), Chris Quiin played two seasons with Saints before linking up with the Adelaide Rams in 1997-98. He returned to Sydney in 1999, playing one season with Parramatta.
Quinn, Graham
Graham Quinn 1977
S, 1977-83, 126 games + 1 repl.
28t (84pts)
NSW rep (1980).
Qld rep (1982).

Aust rep (1980).

Originally from Brisbane Brothers, Quinn played in 1977 Grand Final and its replay. Also played in 1979 Grand Final win.

more: 1977
Quinn, Pat S, 1944-45, 16 games.
7t (21pts)
Quinn, R S, 1945, 10 games. 1t (3pts)  
Quinton, Brian S, 1987, 1 game + 3 repl. (0pts)  

Quirk, Tony
Tony Quirk

S, 1975-77, 26 games + 3 repl.
7t, 19g (59pts)
Tony Quirk

Fullback. Centre.
Called upon to kick a field goal in 1977 drawn grand final which hit the uprights.
Also played a season with Norths before retiring from football. Went on to become involved with real estate and then ran the Waltzing Matilda Bar and Grill in Bali, Indonesia. Returned to Australia to run transport and amusement businesses.

more: 1977
Rameka, Darren S, 1996, 1 game + 5 repl. 1t (4pts)  
Ramsay, J S, 1925-26, 8 games. (0pts)  
Raper, Dean S, 1996-97, 25 games + 2 repl.
3t (12pts)
Played in 1996 grand final side.

more: 1996

Raper, Johnny
(c) (captain coach)
'Chook', 'Rape'

John Raper


S, 1959-69, 180 games.
47t, 4g (149pts)


Lock forward. Five eighth. Immortal.
NSW rep (1959-61, 1963-68 & 1970).
Aust rep (1959-60, 1962-64 & 1966-68).
Australian captain and one of the 'Rugby League Immortals'.

Rated as the greatest lock forward to ever play the game.

Holds the record for most Test appearances against France (12).

In the second Test at Swinton and in front of 30,843 people, Australia thrashed Great Britain 50-12. Dubbed the 'Swinton Massacre', Australia scored 12 tries. Johnny Raper played a blinder, destroying the Brits and having a hand in 9 tries but ironically was unable to score for himself. The dominance of Raper prompted former player and highly respected League commentator Frank Hyde to describe it as the greatest 80 minutes of football by any one player.

An inspirational team player and superb defender, John Raper played in eight Grand Final wins.
Played out his career with Kurri Kurri in 1972.

Went on to become one of the game's administrators and national selector.

more: 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1989, 2000
Rasmussen, Colin
Col Rasmussen 1971
S, 1967 & 1969-74, 100 games + 2 repl.
3t (9pts)
A spirited performer, Rasmussen continued the proud club tradition of producing class hookers.

Missed season 1968 due to National Service.
Played in 1971 grand final.
By 1973 he was competing with Russell Cox and Steven Edge for the hooking spot giving the club enormous depth in this position.

more: 1971 (pic & sound)

Rasmussen, Elton

Elton Rasmussen




S, 1962-68, 122 games + 3 repl.
21t, 49g (161pts)


Second row forward. Lock forward
Qld rep (1959-61 & 1969).

NSW rep (1962-63 & 1967-68).

Aust rep (1959-62 & 1967-68).

Originally from Nth Qld (Mackay), Rasmussen represented Qld and Australia before joining Saints and gaining further representative honours with Australia and NSW.
A strong and bulky forward, Rasmussen played in five Grand Final wins (1962-66).
Went onto to captain-coach Brisbane Souths and again represented Queensland late in his career.

Died prematurely from a heart attack at Greenmount near Toowoomba, in 1978.

more: 1962, 1967, 1968

Reddy, Rod 'Rocket'
Rod Reddy



S, 1972-83, 195 games + 9 repl.
65t, 1 g (198pts)

I,  1984-85, 33 games.
1t (4pts)




Lock forward. Second row forward.
NSW rep (1973 &1976-80).

Qld rep (1980).

Aust rep (1977-80 & 1982).
Saints first grade debut: May 21, 1972 v Parramatta at Kogarah.

Originally from Rockhampton, 'Rocket' Rod Reddy became one of the best attacking forwards of his generation, matched only by his aggressiveness in defence.

Played a big hand in the 1977, 1977 replay and 1979 Grand Finals.

Coached Cumbria (UK) and then reserve grade coach to Brian Smith at St George.

Was appointed first grade coach in 1996 but walked out on Saints to take up an ill-fated coaching appointment with Super League's Adelaide Rams. Reddy was sacked and the Rams folded in 1998.

He later became assistant coach to Brian Smith at Parramatta.

more: 1972, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1996, 2000
Redmond, J.P. 'Tony' S, 1921, 7 games.
1t (3pts)
Played in trials and in the inaugural first grade side of 1921.
Sent off during Saints' first win against Newtown in 1921.

more: 1921
Reeves, Brendan
Brendan Reeves 1998
I,  1997-98, 25 games + 5 repl.
7t, 9g (46pts)
Reynoldson, Kirk
SI, 21 games.
1t (4pts)
Lock forward. Second-row forward.
Born: 11/03/1979 in Brisbane.
Junior Clubs: Wandoan (Qld)
Height: 188cm.
Previous Clubs: Storm (2002-04 - 63 games, 6t), Knights (2005-07 - 41 games, 4t).
First Grade Debut with Storm: Melbourne v Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium, Round 7, 2002.
First Grade Debut with Dragons: Dragons v Wests Tigers at Sydney Football Stadium, Round 1, March 16th, 2008.
Once a cult figure with his 'Ned Kelly' head of hair, Reynoldson was a crowd favourite in Newcastle. But 2007 saw a year of controversy, including threats legal action against his former club. Reynoldson claimed restriction of trade against the Knights when they refused to name him in first grade, thereby denying the veteran forward an automatic extension on his contract worth $196,000.
Reynoldson eventually linked up with Saints for one season in 2008 and proved his worth with some impressive running just wide of the ruck. He scored a try in his opening round with the Dragons.
After a career of football in NSW and Victoria, Reynoldson has retired from the NRL at the end of 2008, and has moved back to Brisbane in his home state of Queensland. In 2009, he has been tipped to take up an offer to play for the Wattles Warriors in the Toowoomba competition.
Rice, Charlie 'Chikker' S, 1932-37, 53 games.
5t (15pts)

Rugby League News described Rice and fellow forward, Jim Rutherford as 'nightmares to their opposition'.
In his excellent book, 'Saints: The Legend Lives On' Ian Heads reports that Rice was an inspirational footballer who in his 50th first grade match for St George was knocked out while playing against Souths.
In the days well before reserve players or interchange, he was taken to hospital in a bad state. But he refused to stay, argued with medicos and was back at the ground to see out the finish.
Played in the 91-6 thrashing of Canterbury in 1935.
more: 1935

Richards, Wayne
Wayne Richards 1997
I,  1995-96, 30 games + 11 repl.
2t (8pts)
Second row forward. Prop forward.
Went on to play for Newcastle Knights and was suspended along with other players for steroid use.

Riddell, Mark
'Pig', 'The Riddler'

Mark Riddell





SI, 2001-2004, 92 games (incl repl).
30t, 198g, 1fg (517pts)




Hooker. Goal kicker.
Born 1980, Sydney.
Canterbury junior (St Christopher’s, Panania).
First Grade Debut: Saints v Sharks, Toyota Park, February 18, 2001
Popular player with distinctive 'raised arm' whenever taking a kick - often mimicked by the crowd
Fast off the mark and an exciting dummy half runner, Riddell has scored a number of trademark tries by barging over from close range.

Club top point scorer in 2001 with 130 points (6t, 53g).
Was top scorer for the club again in 2002 with 129 points (10t, 44g, 1fg) despite being sent off twice during season, earning eight weeks on the sideline.
Gained the attention of selectors when named on the 2002 Kangaroos 'train-on' squad but was not selected in final side.
Was the club's top point scorer again in 2003 with 166 points (7t, 69g) in a year that was marked by rumours of weight and discipline problems. But Riddell answered his critics by playing all 24 games and steering Saints to victory in their final match of 2003 against the Broncos.
Riddell's consistent stand-out performances saw him selected for City Origin in 2004.
Salary cap restraints and a high demand for Riddell saw him sign with Parramatta for 2005.

more: 2001, 2002, 2003
Riley, Johnny
John Riley 1966
S, 1959-64, 53 games + 2 repl.
22t (66pts)
NSW rep (1959). Aust rep (1959-60).

St George junior who, in 1959, spiked himself during training to give Reg Gasnier his chance in first grade. He then partnered Gasnier in the club's unbeaten run of the same year.

Also played in 1962 Grand Final.

John Riley went on to play for Morrabbin in the Victorian Rugby League in the mid-1960s, winning the VRL premiership in 1966.
Morrabbin team pic - click here.
more: 1959, 1961
Ringland, A S, 1939, 1 game. 1t (3pts)  
Riolo, David
David Riolo 1996
I,  1990-96, 82 games + 8 repl.
18t, 1fg (73pts).
Man of the match in Illawarra's win over Brisbane in the 1992 (pre season) Tooheys Challenge Final. After captaining Italy to a win over France, Riolo went on to become a player manager as well as coach of Terra Sanca College.
Roberts, Amos

Amos Roberts
SI, 2000-2003, 65 games (incl repl)
29t, 26g (168pts)
Fullback. Winger
Born 1980, Kempsey, NSW.
Junior Clubs: Kempsey Dragons and Woodlawn.
Debut (6 May 2000, round 14) against Warriors saw Amos Roberts score a competition record of 22 points (1 try + 9 goals) to become the highest points scorer on debut in first grade.
Sidelined for much of 2003 with injury and signed with Penrith for 2004.

more: 2000, 2003
Roberts, Ron
Ron Roberts
S, 1949-51, 51 games.
51t (153pts)
NSW rep (1949). Aust rep (1949-50).

Seasons leading try scorer in 1949 and 1950. Scored two tries in Saints' Grand Final win in 1949.

Remembered for scoring the try which won the 1950 Test series, bringing the Ashes to Australia for the first time since 1920. Rated by a Rugby League Week poll as the single greatest moment in the game's history.
Aged 75, Ron passed away in Tweed Heads (NSW) in June 2003.

more: 1949, 1950, 2003
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Robinson, Stan S, 1931-37, 70 games.
Played in 1933 grand final.

Represented City in 1933 and 'Rest of NSW' against 'NSW Kangaroos' in 1934.

Played in historic 91-6 victory over Canterbury in 1935.

more: 1935
Robinson, Steve S, 1986-90, 49 games + 14 repl.
7t (28pts)
Five eighth.
Scored a try in 1988 mid-week Panasonic Cup Final when Saints defeated Balmain 16-8.
Robinson, Will
Will Robinson 1998
I,  1997-98, 29 games + 8 repl.
9t (36pts)
Five eighth. Halfback.
Coonabarabran junior was 'Dally M' rookie of the year in 1991.
Played with Balmain and Souths before linking up with Illawarra
Went on to play with Gateshead and Hull in England.
Rodwell, Brett
Brett Rodwell
I,  1989-97, 152 games + 4 repl.
60t, 8g (256pts)
Centre. NSW rep (1995)
Wollongong Wests junior.

Scored four tries in Illawarra's 40-0 demolition of Cronulla in the 1989 semi-final. Scored 60 club tries in total. Represented City Firsts in 1991. Played in Steelers' pre-season Challenge Final victory in 1992. Played for Country Origin in 1993. and was the Steelers' first fulltime development officer.
Rodwell, J S, 1929, 1 game. (0pts)  
Rodwell, Matthew
Matthew Rodwell 1999
S, 1998, 25 games.
6t (24pts)
SI, 1999, 8 games.
'Dally M' rookie of the year in 1992.
Selected as one of the 13 St George players in the 25-man joint venture squad for 1999 but was unable to get a regular first grade spot ahead of the Trent Barrett, Anthony Mundine combination.
Went on to play with Penrith.
more: 1998
Rogers, Steve 'Sludge'
Steve Rogers 1983
S, 1983-84, 25 games + 4 repl.
8t, 42g, 5fg (121pts)
Centre. Lock forward. Five eighth.
NSW rep (1973 & 1975-82).

Aust rep (1973, 1975, 1978-79 &1981-83).

Champion centre, played most of his career with the Cronulla Sharks. Signed with Saints in 1983 in pursuit of his personal quest to have grand final success. Played magnificently  in the 1984 final despite going down to Parramatta and was unfortunately unsuccessful in the Reserve Grade grand final a week later.

Career was shortened by injury when he returned to the Sharks in 1985 only to have his jaw broken in the opening match against Canterbury. A court case for assault against Canterbury's Mark Bugden resulted.

Went on to coach Queensland and Darwin before becoming an administrator at Cronulla.
more: 1983, 1984

Steve Rogers passed away suddenly on 3 January 2006 after suffering a heart attack.
Media report 3/01/06:
Former Cronulla Sharks and Australian rugby league great Steve Rogers has been found dead in his unit in Sydney's southern suburbs.
Rogers, 51, was the chief executive of the Cronulla club and had an outstanding career as a player with the Sharks and the Australian rugby league team. The gifted centre played 199 Games for Cronulla between 1973 and 1982 with a farewell season in 1985.
He scored 1255 points for the club during those years including 82 tries and 502 goals. In the intervening years Rogers played with St George, featuring in 25 games. His representative career was no less impressive, the skilful back featuring in 19 games for NSW and 21 Tests for the Kangaroos.
Considered one of the greatest outside backs the game has seen, Rogers formed a devastating centre combination with Parramatta great Mick Cronin when they played for the national side. Rogers' son Mat was a former player with the Sharks, also representing at state and national level before making a successful move to rugby union in 2002.
Roods, David S, 1988, 1 repl. (0pts)  
Root, Eddie
S, 1935-36, 24 games.
3t (9pts)
Prop forward.
NSW rep (1927-30 & 1932)

Aust rep (1929-30)

Enlisted in World War I at the age of just 16 years old and had the distinction of being the last representative footballer to go the Great War.
Enjoyed premiership success with Souths.

Played in the record 91-6 white washing of Canterbury in 1935.

Business committments forced Root to retire from First Grade and as captain-coach of St George in 1936.
more: 1935, 1936
Root, Stan S, 1947-50, 27 games.
18t, 42g (138pts)
Goal kicker.
A member of the Presidents Cup winning side of 1940.
A noted goal kicker, Stan Root was had the ability to land long range goals from wide out. He reportedly won at least three games in Reserve Grade by kicking penalty goals on the fulltime bell.
Played in 1948 qualifying final loss.
more: 1948
Rose, C S, 1940, 1 game. (0pts)  
Ross, Ben
Ben Ross 2002
SI, 2002, 8 repl.
Nambour (Qld) junior, NSW U/19ís and NSW Residents rep. Linked up with the Panthers for 2003.

more: 2002
Ross, David S, 1938-40 &1945, 14 games.
4t (12pts)
Scored a decisive try to win the 1938 Reserve Grade Grand Final, St George defeating Balmain 9-4.
This being Saints' first premiership victory in the top three grades.
Rossi, Paul
Paul Rossi 1998
I,  1998, 3 games.
lllawarra junior.
A member of the 1996 SG Ball premiers.
Unable to be found a spot in the unified squad of 1999.
Roy, Nigel
Nigel Roy 1994
I,  1993-94, 21 games + 6 repl.
10t (40pts)
Centre. Winger.
After competing with Paul McGregor and Brett Rodwell for a spot in the centres, Roy left Illawarrra and found a regular First Grade spot with both the North Sydney Bears and the Northern Eagles.
Went on to play with the London Broncos.
Rudd, Jody
Jody Rudd
I,  1992 & 1994, 11 games + 4 repl.
1t (4pts)
Centre. Winger.
Went on to play with Norths and Balmain.
Rugg, Keith
Kieth Rugg 1983
I,  1983, 11games.
2t, 1g (10pts)
Played with 1972 Australian schoolboys side.
Captained Illawarra's representative team to the Country Championship and Amco Cup Semi-finals in 1978.
Russell, Gary S, 1973, 1 repl. (0pts)  
Russell, Ian
Ian Russell 1994
I,  1986, 1988-94, 94 games + 20 repl.
14t, 2fg (58pts)
Lock forward.
Mittagong junior.
Country Origin rep in 1991. Illawarra's player of the year 1990-91. 'Dally M' lock of the year in 1992.
A tough competitor, Russell could make breaks from unlikely positions and was a ruthless defender.

Late in 1992, injury forced him to the sidelines and this was considered a major blow to Illawarra's finals campaign that year.
Was later named as lock forward of the 20th century in dream Aboriginal team.
Russell, Lachlan
Lachlan Russell 2004
SI, 2004, 1 game.
Born 1981, Richmond (QLD). Richmond Tigers junior.
Played in 2004 Premier League grand final.
Released at the end of 2004.
Rutherford, Jim (c) S, 1933-37, 47 games.
20t (60pts)
NSW rep (1933).

Originally from Tumbulgum in Nth NSW.
Country representative in 1927. Scored sensational try against Easts to put St George into the 1933 Final. Captain on a tour of NZ.

Played the side that thrashed Canterbury by a record 91-6 in 1935.

more: 1933, 1935
Ryan, Bill 'Bricky' S, 1935, 7 games.
1t, 3g (9pts)
Centre. Second row forward.
NSW rep (1932).
Qld rep (1938).

Played with 'Metropolis' against England in 1931.
Was reserve for side that handed out historic 91-6 demolition of Canterbury in 1935.

more: 1935
Ryan, F S, 1970 2 games. 2g (4pts)  
Ryan, Kevin 'Kandos'
Kevin Ryan
S, 1960-66, 106 games.
19t (57pts)

Prop forward, Second row forward.
NSW rep (1962-64).

Aust rep (1963-64).

Born in the Brisbane Valley in south Queensland.
Nicknamed 'Kandos' after the NSW cement-producing town, Ryan became fearless competitor in RL and has been rated as one of the toughest men to play the game.
Ryan was a Queensland amateur Boxing Champion and trialed for the 1960 Olympics.

A dual international and RU convert, Ryan played for the Wallabies and the Kangaroos. Played in seven Grand Final victories for St George.

In 1967, as capt-coach of Canterbury, he indirectly brought an the end to the Dragons' premiership run.

Later became a practising Lawyer, NSW state politician and president of the Players Association.
In 2004, Kevin Ryan suffered a heart attack and collapsed at Manly beach. Unable to recall details of the event, Ryan was in a coma for three days before making a recovery.

more: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 2004

Ryan, M S, 1936, 10 games.
4t, 14g (40pts)
Ryan, Tommy
Tommy Ryan
S, 1951-53 & 1955-58, 94 games.
81t (243pts).
Centre. Winger.
Aust rep (1952-53).
Originally from Inverell, Ryan represented NSW against the American 'All Stars' in 1953.
A prolific try scorer, Tommy Ryan scored 24 tries in 20 matches whilst on tour with the 1952/53 Kangaroos. He played in the 1956 and 1957 Grand Final victories and was the competition's leading try scorer in 1956 (19 tries) and 1957 (26 tries, in just 19 matches); the latter standing as a club record until 2001 when Nathan Blacklock scored 27 tries for the season.

more 1956, 1957
Ryan, Warren S, 1965, 1 game.
Lock forward.
Rep Aust at the 1962 C'wealth Games in shot put. Played in Saints '65 reserve grade Grand Final win. Joined Cronulla & then W'gong Wests. Rep Country in '72 (as captain).

Coached Newtown to runners up & coached Canterbury to p'ships 84-85. Coached Balmain to grand final losses 88-89 before coaching Wests.

Winner of the 'Dally M' coach of the year in 1991.

His last coaching stint was with Newcastle in '99 before returning to ABC radio as co-commentator.

Ryles, Jason (c)
Jason Ryles

SI, 2000-08,
156 games (incl repl.)
13t (52pts)

Prop forward.
NSW rep (2002-2005).
Aust rep (2001-2002 & 2004-2005).
Born 17 January 1979 in Wollongong.
Junior Clubs: Berkeley, Wests Wollongong.
Height: 194cm.
First Grade Debut: Dragons (v Eels) at Parramatta, May 14, 2000.
City 1st Division rep in 2001 and Country Origin Rep in 2001, 2003 & 2005.
One of the best props in the game, Ryles suffered a series of injuries in 2003 before undergoing a shoulder reconstruction in July.
He recovered to make a successful return to first grade in May 2004, and was selected for NSW in State of Origin 3.
In the same year, Ryles developed his offloads to near perfection and gained selection for Australia in the 2004 Tri-Nations series.
In 2005, Ryles played all three State of Origin clashes for NSW. He was again selected for Australia Kangaroo tour of NZ, UK and France, playing in all five Tests during the Tri-Nations including the Tri-Nations final. Ryles also played in the one-off Australia v France Test match in Perpignan.
In July 2008, an in form Ryles was controversially sent off by referee Gavin Badger in Saints' 26-0 loss to Melbourne. The incident provided further 'confirmation' amidst claims the firey front rower had been unfairly targetted throughout his career by referees. In the furore that followed, Ryles escaped suspension and Badger was dumped to the lower grades.

Jason Ryles departed Saints at the end of the 2008 season after being signed by French club Les Catalans in the European Super League. The deal is worth a reported $AUD 1.7million for three years.

more: 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008

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