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Benny Wearing

Winger

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Redfern, NSW
Date of Birth:
11 June 1900
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
South Sydney
Opposition:
Eastern Suburbs
Date:
30 April 1921
Venue:
Sydney Cricket Ground, NSW
Representative:
City, Combined City, New South Wales, Australia
Club:
South Sydney

Career

Milestones
  • Premierships: 1925-29, 1931-32
  • Rated No. 88 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
228
Points
1088
Tries
186

Biography

Benny Wearing was one of the most popular footballers of the 1920s, an exciting winger with South Sydney, NSW and Australia. Wearing scored two tries and three goals for Souths in their 15–12 loss to Easts in the 1923 final, and then starred in the period between 1925 and 1932, when the red-and-greens won seven premierships in eight years.

Between 1921 and 1933, Wearing scored 144 tries in 172 first-grade games, which stood as a record before Nathan Merritt eclipsed his mark.

Wearing was a prolific point-scorer, but it was the dynamic nature of play that thrilled fans.

''His kick-over followed by a one-handed scoop of the ball was one of rugby league's great sights,'' wrote Ian Heads in True Blue.

Wearing's only Test was the third Ashes encounter of 1928, at the SCG, when he scored a then-record two tries and three goals in a famous Australian victory.

His second try, which gave the home side the lead in a thrilling second half, was a beauty — after ''Chimpy'' Busch and Eric Weissel worked the blindside, Wearing raced through and kicked ahead. Despite being knocked off-balance won the race for the ball.

After the game, English players expressed astonishment that Wearing had not been chosen earlier, yet 12 months later he controversially missed selection for the 1929–30 Kangaroo tour.

In The Referee, JC Davis bemoaned his omission, describing him succinctly as ''the finest wing-three-quarter of this century''.

“The finest wing three-quarter of this century.”

J.C. Davis Renowned critic, The Referee, 1929

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
South Sydney Premiership 1921 1923 172 144 202 - 836
South Sydney City Cup
1921
1923
1921
1925
22 17 4 - 59
South Sydney Tour games 1929 1929 3 1 10 - 23

Representative Career

City - Country

City - Country
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
City Firsts Country Firsts
1928
1930
1928
1930
2 1 7 - 17
City Seconds Country Seconds 1929 1929 1 1 2 - 7
Combined City Country 1929 1929 1 1 2 - 7

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate Series Queensland 1924 1928 13 9 22 - 71
New South Wales Touring sides
1924
1928
1932
1925
1928
1932
9 6 13 - 44
New South Wales Tour Matches 1923 1923 1 1 - - 3

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests 1928 1928 1 2 3 - 12

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Second XIII Maoris 1922 1922 1922 1 1 - - 3
Metropolis Country 1927 1927 1 2 - - 6
Metropolis England 1932 1932 1 - - - -

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