Happy 90th Birthday DICK POOLE!

The Men of League Foundation would like to wish Dick Poole a very Happy Birthday, he turns 90 today.

The talented centre played 13 Tests, captaining Australia in three of these matches, along with 11 games for NSW between 1954-57.

Born in Surry Hills, by the age of 18 Poole was called up to play for the ‘Blue Bags’ in the 1949 reserve grade Grand Final against Eastern Suburbs at the SCG.  The next year he made his first-grade debut, aged 19, in the opening round of the 1950 competition, scoring a try in Newtown’s 20-16 over Manly at Brookvale Oval on 8 April 1950.  In nine seasons with Newtown, Poole finished with 56 tries in his 133 first grade matches, playing in both the 1954 and 1955 Grand Finals, both times being beaten by South Sydney.  Poole later joined the Western Suburbs Magpies in 1959 as captain and in two seasons he played 31 games (9 tries).

An Achilles injury in 1958 was unfortunately followed by recurring asthma issues that cut Poole’s playing career short by 1961.  He did, however, return to Henson Park in 1966, coaching Newtown for three seasons and guided the team to the finals in his first season.

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