FLASHBACK: March 1953

The 1952-53 Kangaroos arrived back in Australia after a long sea journey from Britain, with most players indicating they would be ready to resume playing club football almost immediately.

The Kangaroos lost both Test series – against Britain and France 2-1 – but won 32 of their 34 club and provincial games, the only losses coming against English club, St Helens and a Paris-Lyon XIII in Roanne.

Team business manager, Doug Maclean nominated Qld forward, Brian Davies as player of the tour and predicted a huge future for halfback, Ken McCaffery, who was appointed Toowoomba Souths captain-coach for the 1953 season.

Davies played a trial match for Brothers against Norths at Ballymore a week after arriving back in Brisbane, with Ballymore then home of Brothers Rugby League.

Kangaroo centre, Noel Hazzard returned to Bundaberg only to be told his employers, the Shell Oil Company, had transferred him to Roma.

The Kangaroos were set to receive a tour bonus of $600 each compared with $840 from the previous tour in 1948-49. Test match crowds in Britain averaged 33,000, while in France the average was 20,000. Matches against English clubs, Bradford, Huddersfield and Leeds each drew well in excess of 20,000 people.

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