British Test centre, Eric Ashton named a controversial World Team as he launched his biography, ‘Glory in the Centre Spot’.
Missing from Ashton’s side were Queensland greats, Duncan Hall and Brian Davies, something which caused quite a stir in the media north of the Tweed.
Ashton played centre in Britain’s Ashes winning campaigns in Australia in 1958 and 1962, captaining the Lions on the latter occasion.
The Wigan star, who bowed out of international football at the end of 1963, certainly had the credentials to name a World side, given he had played 26 Tests – seven against Australia, eight against New Zealand and 11 against France.
No Frenchmen made the side, and only one Kiwi – five eighth, George Menzies.
The team was: Fullback, Glyn Moses (Britain); wingers, Billy Boston, Mike Sullivan (both Britain); centres, Reg Gasnier (Aust), Neil Fox (Brit); five eighth, George Menzies (NZ); halfback, Alex Murphy (Brit); lock, Vince Karalius (Brit); second rowers, Brian Edgar (Brit), Kel O’Shea (Aust); props: Billy Wilson (Aust), Brian McTigue (Brit); hooker, Ian Walsh (Aust).
Moses and Boston were both former Welsh rugby union players.
England born Souths’ rugby league fullback, Tony Scott kicked a 45 metre penalty goal in the final minute to give the Magpies a 13-12 win over Valleys in a thrilling Lang Park Saturday fixture in Brisbane Rugby league.
From the resumption Scott fielded the ball and took a heavy tackle in the last play of the game. He stayed down injured and was then carried from the field by relieved teammates, none of whom had a medical degree!!
Seven minutes earlier Scott had gifted Valleys’ winger, George James a try when he spilled the ball in his own in-goal area.
With only five minutes to go, Valleys’ centre, Alan Scanlan had put his side one point ahead with a 55 metre penalty goal.
What an afternoon for Scott, a former soccer player who was convinced to play league by former Huddersfield and Brisbane Valleys and Norths’ star, Kevin Brasch when Brasch was working and playing in Mount Isa. Scott had made his Queensland debut in 1965, but had to wait until 1970 to get another chance in the Maroon jersey.
Souths were brilliantly led by former New Zealand Test centre, Reg Cooke, who scored the try of the match, using a hip and shoulder to bump off defenders. Souths’ forwards Trevor Nielbing and Jim Murdoch were outstanding in the rucks.
Wests’ Test halfback, Barry Muir led by example as the Panthers tackled themselves to a standstill in a gritty 7-6 win over Norths in the Sunday match at Lang Park, with Wests’ centre, Les Connell scoring the only try of the match.
Norths’ fullback, Doug Walker was courageous in defence, bringing down much bigger men with copybook front-on tackles, including four beauties on 110kg prop, Don Simpson.
Brothers scored five tries to two in their 27-12 win over Wynnum-Manly at Corbett Park, including a 50 metre intercept effort by winger, Neil Porter, who swooped on a loose pass by the Seagulls’ former Tweed star, Billy McDermott.
Wynnum’s best was forward was Robert Cushway.
Hefty forwards George Gledhill and Henry Holloway helped steamroll Redcliffe to a 20-16 win over Easts in the Monday Lang Park match, a thriller, which could have gone either way. Gledhill and Holloway were ably assisted by second rower, Jeff McKenzie.
Easts’ winger, John Doyle scored two tries.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand Rugby League named a North Island team to undertake a tour of Queensland, with matches against South Queensland in Brisbane; Nth Qld in Townsville and Central Qld in Rockhampton.
Seven Kiwi Test players were included in the squad, which featured 11 players from Auckland, three from Waikato, one from Bay of Plenty, one from Taranaki (Willie Southorn) and one from Northland. The captain was Graeme Farrar from Waikato. Southern was Taranaki’s player of the century in 2008.
Auckland player, Bruce Castle is the father of Canterbury-Bankstown chief executive, Raelene Castle.