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Arthur Clues

Second row

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Sydney, NSW
Date of Birth:
02 May 1924
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Western Suburbs
Opposition:
Balmain
Date:
24 April 1943
Venue:
Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
Representative:
Sydney, City, New South Wales, Australia
Clubs:
Western Suburbs, Leeds, Hunslet

Career

Milestones
  • Other Nationalities: 1949–55
  • Rated No. 58 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
403
Points
334
Tries
110

Biography

Arthur Clues was one of Australia's greatest ever forwards, although Australian fans only ever caught a brief glimpse of his talents — he played most of his career in England after four seasons with Western Suburbs.

Clues was just 22 when he played three Tests against Gus Risman's English tourists in 1946. A year later, he was lost to the Australian game when he signed a lucrative contract with the Leeds club.

Tall (183cm), solidly built (96kg) and strong, Clues was a towering performer in the Leeds second row and in eight seasons with the Yorkshire club amassed 238 first-class games.

He joined nearby Hunslet after a dispute with Leeds' management and played a further 83 games before his retirement in 1957.

Although playing in England denied him the chance to further represent Australia, Clues made regular appearances for Other Nationalities, and his agility and speed were reflected in his 108 career tries.

A talented all-round sportsman, Clues played first-grade cricket in Sydney before arriving in Leeds, and he holds the unique distinction of having scored a try and made a century at Headingley and at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

“Clues was famous for bullocking ruck play and dynamic, side-stepping mid-field bursts”.

Jack Pollard Author

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Western Suburbs Premiership 1943 1946 50 17 2 - 55
Western Suburbs State Championship 1943 1945 3 2 - - 6
Leeds England First Class Games 1947 1954 238 74 - - 222
Hunslet England First Class Games 1954 1957 83 12 - - 36

Representative Career

City - Country

City - Country
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Sydney Country 1944 1945 2 2 - - 6
City Firsts Country Firsts 1946 1946 1 - - - -

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate Series Queensland 1945 1946 5 - - - -
New South Wales Touring Teams 1946 1946 2 1 - - 3

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests 1946 1946 3 - - - -

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Other Nationalities 1949 1955 16 2 - - 6

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