FLASHBACK: September 1957

MUCH was made of the fact Great Britain could have two colored wingers in their touring party to Australia and New Zealand in 1958.

Eddie Waring reported in the British and Australian press that Tommy Freeman (Halifax) and Billy Boston (Wigan) were in the frame for the tour.

Welshman, Boston, a veteran of 16 Tests at this stage, was acknowledged as the best winger in British league, and was assured of being one of the first men picked for the tour.

Freeman, like Boston, a product of Cardiff Rugby Union, was electrifying crowds with his attacking bursts, but his defence was considered ‘suspect’.

The man regarded as the fastest winger in UK league was a former South African rugby union player, Ron Colin, who was playing for Hunslet.

Meanwhile in Brisbane, it was reported that Sydney ‘millionaire club’ Wests would play the Brisbane representative team at Lang Park at the end of September.

A curtain raiser was expected to be played between the Fingal All Blacks and the Brisbane Trades and Labor Cup representative side. Fingal is a Tweed Coast village, and, along with nearby Kingscliff, Cudgen, Chinderah and South Tweed Heads, boasts a large indigenous/South Sea Islander community. I played against the Tweed All Blacks in the early 1970s.

Billy Boston

Billy Boston

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