FLASHBACK: March 1966

Australian rugby league representative, Col Weir announced his retirement from football, after being axed from his club side, Wests for the first round of premiership fixtures.

It was the first time in nine years and 165 games Weir had been dropped. He was given the news as the Panthers’ three grades prepared to train at Lang Park.

“I am 30 and have been thinking of retiring for some time,” Weir said. “When I heard I had been dropped to the reserves I decided it was time to do so. I don’t want to sit on the line and stop some young bloke getting a chance in A grade.”

Weir made his debut for Queensland in 1959 and played for the state until 1962. He was a reserve for the First Test against France in Sydney in 1960, but because he did not get on the field (in the 8-8 draw) he is not credited with a cap, or mentioned in the official ‘Australian Internationals’ registry, an anomaly which should be addressed.

Weir is there, in the official team photograph, before the SCG Test, in his full Australian gear, but he is not a ‘Kangaroo’. Back then, there were only two reserves, now there are four, and if a players is used for 60 seconds, he is credited with a cap.

In 1966, Souths boasted they had unearthed the ‘find’ of the Brisbane trials in young  halback, Harry Vizer, who had transferred from Wests juniors. Souths captain-coach was former New Zealand Test centre, Reg Cooke, who had toured Britain and France with the Kiwis in 1961-62.

Valleys claimed They had the buy of the year in young prop, Leon ‘Moose’ McGuire, who learned his football in Ipswich and made his way to Brisbane, via Rockhampton.

Brothers, coached by former international forward, Brian Davies, won the 1966 pre-season floodlight challenge, defeating Toowoomba Valleys 14-11 in the final at Corbett Park, Grange.

Test Prop, Peter Gallagher scored two tries for Brothers, but the star of the match was Toowoomba speedster, John McDonald, who had made his Queensland debut the previous year.


Col Weir

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