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St George Dragons Rugby League History
Since 1921 - Our Proud History
Players W-X-Y-Z
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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
Wade, Cameron S, 1990-92, 17 games + 5 repl. 5t (20pts)  
Wagon, Daniel S, 1997-98, 24 games + 4 repl.
11t (44pts)
Qld rep (2001).
Aust rep (2002).

Centre and winger went on to join coach Brian Smith at Parramatta as a centre, five eighth and lock forward.

Walford, Ricky
Ricky Walford

S, 1985-96, 199 games + 8 repl.
104t, 229g (874pts).
Ricky Walford, click for larger image
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NSW rep (1990)

Walgett junior. Australian schoolboy rep against NZ in 1981.

Ricky Walford was the competition's leading point scorer in 1989, Country Origin rep in 1989 and was named as a fringe candidate in the Australian squad in 1990.

Represented Aboriginal side on tour of Tonga in 1990. Scored a try in 1992 grand final and also played in the 1993 grand final.

A wonderful finisher and classy goal kicker, Walford went on to surpass 200 club games and score 972 points for the club in all grades, second only to Graeme Langlands.
A great club man and enduring figure, Ricky Walford retired in 1995 but made himself available during Saints' turbulent period of early 1996
Always a contributor, Ricky Walford continued with community work in the St George district.

more: 1985, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993
Walker, Andrew
Andrew Walker
S, 1992-94, 18 games + 8 repl.
3t, 6g, 2fg (26pts)
Five eighth.
Nowra junior played with Randwick RU before joining Saints.

In his first match with Saints, he fell victim to a judiciary 'crackdown' on head high tackles and was cruelly sent off and suspended for four matches.

Walker struggled to adapt to city life leaving Sydney in 1994 but returned to play with Easts in 1995-98.

He returned to Rugby Union in 1999, going on to  further rep honours.
more: 1993
Walker, Shane S, 1990 & 1992, 2 games + 3 repl.
1t (4pts). 
Walklate, Spencer S, 1943, 15 games.
2t, 3g (12pts)
Promising career tragically cut short in 1943 when listed as missing in action during WWII.
Wall, Lyall S, 1921, 8 games.
24g (48pts)
Centre. Fullback.
NSW rep (1919).

Played with Balmain and Wests before joining Saints in their inaugural year. Also a noted cricketer, Wall started as fullback in St George's first game in first grade on April 23, 1921. Later featured in Saints' first win on May 23, 1921.
Top first grade point scorer for club in 1921.

more: 1921
Wallis, Shaun I,  1993, 5 repl. (0pts)  
Walsh, Chris (c)
Chris Walsh
S, 1982-86, 81 games + 8 repl.
11t (44pts)

I,  1987-92, 76 games + 3 repl.
Prop forward.
NSW rep (1984).

Port Kembla junior became Steelers' captain. Suffered vertebrae injury in 1987 but continued playing to be named Clubman of the Year in 1988-89.

Led Illawarra to the 1992 pre-season Toohey's Challenge Cup victory.
Walsh, David
David Walsh
I,  1990-96 &1998, 57 games + 57 repl.
6t (24pts)
Prop forward.
Played in the 1992 pre-season Toohey's Challenge Cup victory.
Walsh, Gary I,  1991, 3 repl (0pts)  
Walsh, Ian

Ian Walsh
S, 1962-67, 94 games.
4t (12pts)
NSW rep (1959-66).

Aust rep (1959-66).

The last captain-coach of the Golden Years, Ian Walsh represented Country, NSW and Australia while playing with Western Division's Eugowra.

Australian Test captain in 1963-64, Walsh took over from Arthur Summons to win the Ashes. He captained Australia again against France (1964), NZ (1965) and retained the Ashes in 1966.

Walsh played in five Grand Final wins and was given the task of captain coaching St George in 1966, a job no one wanted. Against the odds, Walsh led the Dragons to their 11th straight Grand Final victory.

A St George legend, Walsh went on to coach Parramatta before becoming a successful columnist and commentator and then a NSW selector.

more: 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1978
Walsh, J S, 1932, 4 games (0pts)  
Walsh, Jim S, 1983-85, 2 games + 7 repl. 1t (4pts)  
Walton, Ted S, 1970-72, 7 games + 7 repl. 3t (9pts) Lock forward.
Scored a try in 1971 grand final.

Signed with Wests where his career ended prematurely following a head injury in 1974.

more: 1971
Ward, G 'Mick' S, 1929-31 & 1933-34, 43 games.
6t (18pts)
Warwick, J.A. S, 1927-29, 31 games. 10t (30pts) Also played with Newtown (1925-26).
Watson, K S, 1951, 1 game. (0pts)  
Watts, Nigel S, 1944-45, 14 games.
1t, 10g (23pts)
Goal kicker.
Following a try in the corner to winger Owen Campbell, Nigel Watts is credited with kicking a sensational 'pressure goal' to win the Cup Tie semi-final at Erskineville Oval in 1944, Saints defeating Souths 15-14 after fulltime. Surrounded by supporters, Watts lined up the difficult conversion attempt on the sideline before landing the match-winning goal. Amidst scenes of wild jubilation, Watts was carried from the field on the shoulders of supporters.
Also played with Balmain (1952-59).
Wearmouth, Jim 'Bluey' S, 1929-31, 29 games. 7t (21pts) Five eighth.
Webb, Stuart* SI, 2008, 19 games.
1t (4pts)
Born: 3/09/1980.
Junior Clubs: Uralla Tigers.
Previous Clubs: Roosters (2003-05, 48 games, 6t, 24pts), Rabbitohs (2006-07, 21 games, 2t, 8pts).
First Grade Debut with Roosters: Roosters v Newcastle at Sydney Football Stadium, Round 10, 2003.
First Grade Debut with Dragons: Dragons v Sharks at Homebush, Round 4, Monday 5 April, 2008.
Webster, Peter I,  1983, 2 repl. (0pts)  
Wedgwood, Jack
Jack Wedgwood
S, 1937-41, 53 games. 2t, 10g (26pts) Fullback.
NSW rep (1940-46).

Played in Saints' first premiership win in 1941. Later played in Dorrigo.

more: team 1941
Weekes, Geoff
Geoff Weekes
S, 1954-61, 64 games. 30t (90pts) Centre.
Played in two Grand Final winning sides in 1958-59. A member of the 1959 unbeatables and score a try in the Grand Final.

more: 1959
Westblade, Terry I,  1982-84 & 1986, 28 games. 2t (8pts)  
Wheatley, Aaron
Aaron Wheatley 2004
SI, 2004, 5 games (incl repl).
Utility forward.
Born 15 October 1981 in West Wyalong, NSW.
West Wyalong junior.
First grade debut: 21 May 2004 Saints v Parramatta at Parramatta Stadium.
Wheatley made five first appearancess with Saints in 2004. He played 2005 in the Premier League (second grade).
Wheatley's contract with Saints was extended into 2006 before the Bulldogs signed him for 2007.
Whelan, C S, 1926, 8 games. (0pts)  
White, Josh I,  1996, 11 games + 3 repl. 2t (8pts)  
White, P S, 1935, 6 games. 2t (6pts) Half back / five eighth.
Played in 91-6 thrashing of Canterbury in 1935.
Also played with Wests in 1936-37.
more: 1935
White, Tony S, 1973, 1 game (0pts)  
Whitehead, T S, 1950, 6 games. 2t (6pts)  
Whittacker, Aaron I,  1992, 1 game (0pts)  
Whittacker, Neil  S, 1938, 1 game (0pts)  
Wicks, Danny
Danny Wicks 2006
SI, 2006-2007,
29 games
2t (8pts)
Second row forward, prop forward.
Born: 5 Dec 1985, Grafton NSW.
Junior Club: Grafton Ghosts.
Height: 190cm
First Grade Debut: 13 May 2006, WIN Stadium, Wollongong, Dragons v Warriors (Rnd 10)
Hailing from Grafton NSW, Danny Wicks was graded with the Dragons in 2004.
A member of the 2005 Dragons Jersey Flegg premiership-winning side, Wicks was called up into the first grade following injuries and a suspension which saw no less than eight Saints players sidelined. Wicks crashed over for a try on debut to help his side to a hard-fought 22-16 victory. Wicks backed up in similar fashion in round 12, scoring again to make it two tries in his first two matches.
In round 14 of the same year, Wicks made a memorable rampaging run of some 70 metres, bursting through the Penrith defence from his own 30m line and fending off several cover defenders along the way. It would have rated as one of the best forward tries in living memory. But Wicks was eventually reeled in, just one metre short of the try line.
In 2007, Wicks was unable to repeat with any consistency his standout performances of his debut year. The Grafton junior played 12 games in 2007 (0 points) before signing with the Knights for 2008.
Wicks, Michael I,  1984-85, 8 games (0pts)  
Wilkins, F 'Skinny'
F 'Skinny' Wilkins
S, 1921-22, 8 games (0pts) A member of the inaugural team of 1921, Wilkins was listed as a reserve in St George's first top grade match.
more: 1921
Williams, A S, 1926 & 1928-30, 20 games. 11t (33pts)  
Williams, Phillip S, 1979 & 1981-84, 11 games + 4 repl.
3t (9pts)
Williams, R S, 1929, 1 game (0pts)  
Williams, Richard
SI, 2007,
8 games.
5t (20pts)

Five eighth. Halfback.
Born: 31/5/1986
First Grade Debut: 18/3/2007 (Round 1), Dragons 20 v Titans 18 at Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park).
Following injury to Marrk Gasnier, Richard Williams was called up into the first grade squad to fill the five eighth position.
In 2007, Williams scored five tries in his eight matches with Saints, sometimes bringing fans to their feet with some long range runs to the line.
An electrifying prospect, Williams was also regarded as an enigma by some, both on and off the field. He was released by Saints during the 2007 season and linked up with the Panthers, playing four more first matches (1 try) before being relegated to the lower grades.

Williams, Wilfred S, 1987, 16 games + 1 repl. 2t (8pts)  
Wills, T S, 1936, 7 games. 1t (3pts)  

Wilshere, John
John Wilshire

SI, 2003, 10 games (incl repl).
3t (12pts)

Winger. Centre.
Born 1978, Papua New Guinea.
Junior with the Waterford Demons in Brisbane.
Played 8 Tests for PNG 2000-2001, World Cup for PNG in 2000.
Previously with Perth Reds (1997), Melbourne Storm (1998) and Penrith Panthers, Wilshere signed with Saints to take up a wing spot.
Signed with the English Super League for 2004.
more: 2003
Wilson, Alan S, 1995, 1 game + 1 repl. (0pts) Hooker. Winger. Goal kicker.
NSW rep (1989)

'Dally M' Rookie of the year 1987.

Brother of Craig Wilson and son of Aust Test forward Graham Wilson.

Wilson, Billy (c)
'Captain Blood', 'Bluey'

Billy Wilson

S, 1948-49, 1952-56 & 1958-62, 171 games.
17t, 1g (53pts)

NSW rep (1960 & 1963).

Aust rep (1959-60 & 1963).

Billy Wilson's exploits and reputation for toughness are legendary.

Called 'captain blood' because of the amount of blood he spilled for the game, Wilson was sent off in the 1953 final and then played the 1954 semi final with a broken arm and gashed eye. He eventually played in six premiership victories with St George in 1956 & 1958-62.

A St George junior, Wilson was graded at lock before taking on the job as captain-coach of Picton at only 20 years of age.

Returning to Saints, he developed into one the most uncompromising prop forwards to ever play the game.

With just 12 men on the field, Wilson was moved to the centres in the 1956 Grand Final and although out of position, this is regarded as one his finest displays.

Wilson became captain in 1962 and was sent off that year's Grand Final.

Went on to captain Australia in 1963 and then led Norths to the 1965 final despite breaking a leg in the previous season.

Billy Wilson announced his retirement in 1966 but returned to play with Norths the following year to assist the injury ravaged club.

Unquestionably one of the toughest men to ever play Rugby League, Billy Wilson passed away after suffering a stroke in March 1993.

more: 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962
Wilson, Brad S, 1981-82, 8 games + 2 repl.
5t, 24g (63pts)
Wilson, Craig I, 1998, 16 games + 8 repl. 3t, 1fg (13pts) Brother of Alan Wilson and son of Aust Test forward Graham Wilson.
Wilson, Ernie
Ernie Wilson
S, 1921, 4 games + 1 repl. 1t (3pts) Lock forward.
A member of the inaugural squad of 1921 and played in the first Second Grade team.

Scored a try in Saints first ever First Grade win at home ground Hurstville Oval.

more: 1921
Wilson, Kevin S, 1952, 1 game (0pts)  
Wilson, Shane I,  1991-92, 4 games + 3 repl. (0pts)  

Wishart, Rod
Rod Wishart

I,  1989-98, 156 games + 1 repl.
68t, 386g (1044pts).

SI, 1999, 13 games. 10t, 4g (48pts)

Winger. Goal kicker.
NSW rep (1990-98).

Aust rep (1991-92 & 1994-96).

Gerringong junior coached by Mick Cronin.

First Steeler's player to play in Test match.

Scored a converted try against Manly in 1992 to see his team into the semi-finals for the first time.

Was the leading point scorer on the 1994 Kangaroo tour.

At the time of the St George Illawarra merger, Wishart held the Steeler's club record for most tries and most points in a season (176pts in 1995) and most points in a match (22pts on four occasions).

more 1999
Withers, Lincoln
Lincoln Withers
SI, 2004,
25 games (incl repl).
5t (20pts)
Hooker. Five eighth. Halfback.
Born 1981, Canberra. Woden-Weston Rams junior.
Previously played with Canberra (2000) and Wests Tigers (2001-03) before linking up with Saints in 2004.
Withers played in 25 matches for Saints in 2004 including a semi-final appearance.
Signed with the Raiders for 2005.
more: 2004
Wittenberg, Jeff S, 1993, 1 repl. (0pts) Forward.
Also played for South Queensland (1995-1996, 19 appearances, 0pts) as well as UK clubs Bradford (1997), Huddersfield (1998 and 2002), Sheffield Eagles (2000) and Batley (2001).
Son of John Wittenberg.
Wittenberg, John
John Wittenberg
S, 1968-70, 53 games. 4t (12pts)
John Wittenberg

Prop forward.
Qld rep (1962-63 & 1966).

NSW rep (1968-70).

Aust rep (1966 & 1968-70). 6 Tests.
Originally from Wide Bay, Wittenberg played for Toowoomba before shifting to Theodore, Queensland.

Wittenberg linked up with St George in 1968 but not before the QRL blocked his attempt to move to Sydney, thus forcing him to sit out the 1967 season and missing out on that year's Kangaroo tour.
Former Australian and Dragons captain-coach Graeme Langlands remembers John Wittenberg as one of the toughest forwards of his era.
"He was very, very tough," said Langlands. "He lost half a hand in an accident with farming equipment before he came to Sydney but it didn't worry him. He told me that when he resumed playing after the accident the tops of the finger stumps would bleed during matches. He didn't let it worry him."
John Wittenberg made 53 appearances for Saints, scoring four tries, and played six Tests for Australia.
One of the toughest rugby league forwards of the modern era, John Wittenberg died in November 2005, aged 67, after a suffering a heart attack while working on his Wauchope property.
Father of Jeff Wittenberg

more: 1968,

Wonson, David I,  1991-93, 5 repl. (0pts)  
Wood, Brian S, 1971 & 1975-76, 10 games + 6 repl.
(2t (6pts)
Woods, A 'Stumpy' S, 1930-31 & 1933, 13 games. 1t (3pts) Played in the 1933 final.
Woolford, Simon
Simon Woolford 2007
SI, 2007-08
28 games.
1t (4pts)
Born: 7/04/1975, Young, NSW.
Rep Honours: Ctry Origin 2002.
Junior Club: Young Cherry Pickers.
Height: 175cm.
First Grade Debut (Raiders): 29/5/1994 (Round 11), Raiders 38 v Roosters 4 at Bruce Stadium, Canberra
Dragons Debut: 18/3/2007 (Round 1), Dragons 20 v Titans 18 at Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park).
Following a first grade committment of 224 games with the Raiders, Woolford joined Saints in 2007. In a season disrupted by injury, the former Canberra skipper played just 18 games in 2007, but brought plenty of experience to the young Dragons squad.
Woolford's contract with Saints extends into 2008, the year tipped as the veteran's final season in first grade.
Worthington, Steve I,  1984-88, 55 games + 4 repl. 11t (44pts)  

Wynn, Graeme
Graeme Wynn 1979

S, 1979-90, 197 games (including repl.)
46t, 120g (400pts)

Graeme Wynn 2001

Forward. Goal kicker.
NSW rep (1980). Aust rep (1980).

Originally from Werris Creek (NSW) and joined St George in 1979 after a stint with Newcastle Wests.

'Rookie of the Year' in 1979, Wynn was a noted attacking back rower  who performed tremendously in the 1979 Grand Final victory.

Also played in 1985 grand final. Went on to play briefly with Wests before retiring at the end of 1992.

Made a cameo appearance for Saints in February 2001 as winning captain in the 'OzTag Legends of League' Final at Redfern Oval. (see pic left)

more: 1979, 1980
Yeomans, Bill S, 1964, 4 games. 2t (6pts) Winger.
Went on to captain-coach Maitland to win the 1965 Newcastle premiership.

Young, Craig (c)

Craig Young

S, 1977-88, 234 games (including repl.)
11t, 2fg (42pts)

Prop forward.
NSW rep (1979-82 & 1984).

Aust rep (1978-82 & 1984).

Originally a junior soccer player in the Illawarra region (his father Bob represented Australia in soccer), Craig Young joined Rugby League with Corrimal and toured England with the undefeated Australian Schoolboys side of 1972.

At 20 years of age, Young linked up with St George in 1977 and played in the Grand Final victory of that year with the Harry Bath ('Bath's Babes') coached side.

Selected for Australia in the 1978 Kangaroo side, Young was named 'player of the tour'.

An inspiration to his team mates, Craig Young captained St George to its 15th premiership in 1979.

Played in the 1985 grand final loss and in his last year, he was captain when Saints won the 1988 mid-week Panasonic Cup.

Had a brief stint as St George coach in 1990 before being replaced by Brian Smith.
Father of Dean Young.

more: 1977, team 1979, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991
Young, Dean*
Dean Young
SI, 2003-08,
120 games (incl repl)
14t (56pts)

2003: Played 22 (out of 24) games.
2004: Played all 25 games.
2005: Played all 26 games.
2006: Played 21 (out of 27) games.
2007: Played 3 (out of 25) games.
2008: Played 23 (out of 26) games.
Hooker. Lock. Five eighth.
Born: 28 October 1983, Sydney.
Junior club: Dapto.
Height: 183cm.
Graded with the Dragons in 2000.
First Grade debut, Sunday 23 March 2003: Saints v Parramatta Eels (Rd 2).
Red V Members Player of the Year of 2005 (voted by the supporters).
A no-nonsense workhorse and excellent support player, Dean Young is never far away from the action in both attack and defence.
Young missed his first game in almost three years when he was suspended in round seven of 2006 (his previous missed match was round 9, 2003).
A surprise omission from the Country Origin squad of 2006, Young was eventually named 18th man in the NSW squad for State of Origin III.
A season ending knee injury in round 25 saw Young side lined during the 2006 finals.
Following treatment and surgery over the off-season, Young returned to play in the opening three rounds of 2007 before suffering another season ending injury.
Young is contracted with Saints until 2010.
Son of Craig Young.
more: 2003, 2004, 2005
Youngquest, Nick
Nick Youngquest
SI, 2004-2005, 10 games.
6t (24pts)
Born 28 July 1983 in Sydney.
Como Jannali junior.
Signed with Saints following a stint in the Sharks, mainly in the lower grades.
Youngquest signed with the Penrith Panthers for 2006.
Zisti, Nick
Nick Zisti
S, 1994-96, 18 games + 13 repl.
19t (76pts)
Scored Saints' only try in the 1996 grand final.
Sydney born, Nick went on to play with Roma and represented Italy
in Rugby League.
A dual international, Zisti also represented Italy at centre in Rugby Union.

more: 1996

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