FLASHBACK: October 1970

AUSTRALIA’S World Cup fullback, Eric Simms failed his army medical because of a hearing defect.
The South Sydney star was therefore excused from two years national service.
Simms had been threatened with the axe from Australia’s World Cup squad after failing to register for National Service. However the Labor and National Service Department accepted the explanation he had been wrongly advised.
Simms said he thought his eye sight might have disqualified him from National Service, not his hearing.
The indigenous star went on to play a key role in Australia’s World Cup triumph in England, seeing the high ball quite clearly as rival forwards thundered towards him.

One his teammates was Bob Fulton, who did two years national service and in 1968 played for Australia’s World Cup rugby league side as well as playing for Combined Services against the touring All Blacks.

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