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Billy Smith

Halfback, Centre

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Fremantle, WA
Date of Birth:
12 July 1942
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
St George Dragons
Opposition:
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Date:
16 July 1961
Venue:
Sydney Sports Ground, NSW
Representative:
City, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Club:
St George Dragons

Career

Milestones

  • Premierships: 1963-66
  • Kangaroo Tour: 1967-68
  • NSWRL Player of the Year: 1967
  • Sun-Herald Best and Fairest: 1966
  • Harry Sunderland Medal: 1966-67
  • Australian captain: 1 Test
  • Rated No. 46 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
  • Named in NRL Team of the 1960s: 2006
First Class Games
359
Points
256
Tries
55

Biography

Billy Smith is remembered as one of the great halfbacks, but his initial impact in the St George team of the 1960s was as a centre, partnering the great Reg Gasnier in grand final victories in 1963, 1964 and 1965.

Sandwiched between those premiership victories, in 1964 Smith was named as the NSW halfback for the games against Queensland and then as Australia's half for three Tests against France.

This was the beginning of a stellar international career, perhaps the highlight being his feat of winning the Harry Sunderland medal as the best Australian player in a home Test series in 1966 against Great Britain and the following year against New Zealand.

Smith played in five of the six Tests on the 1967–68 Kangaroo tour and was a key member of the Australian team that won the World Cup in 1968 and 1970.

He captained his country against Great Britain during the 1970 Cup.

Ian Walsh called him ''one of the gutsiest halfbacks I ever played with'', while another St George hooker, Steve Edge, always ''marvelled at just how tough he was''.

On the club scene, Smith was one of the great players of his era, racking up an incredible 296 games with the Saints, 234 of them in first-grade.

''Billy gave it 110 per cent,'' said Norm Provan. ''He was the best halfback that I've ever seen go around.''

“Billy was a little bloke with a big heart. He never knew how to give in.”

Glyn Price Long-serving St George official

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
St George Dragons Premiership
1961
1963
1961
1977
234 30 3 44 161
St George Dragons Touring Sides 1963 1963 1 - - - -
St George Dragons Ampol Cup 1963 1963 1 - - - -
St George Dragons Official Pre-Season 1964 1977 48 9 - 4 31
St George Dragons State Cup 1964 1965 2 - - - -
St George Dragons Amco Cup 1975 1976 2 1 - - 3

Representative Career

City - Country

City - Country
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
City Seconds Country Seconds
1964
1969
1973
1964
1969
1973
3 1 - - 3
City Firsts Country Firsts
1965
1968
1970
1973
1966
1968
1970
1973
5 1 - - 3
Sydney Touring Teams 1964 1964 1 - - - -

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate Series Queensland
1964
1971
1973
1969
1971
1973
15 1 1 - 5
New South Wales Touring Sides
1966
1970
1966
1970
2 - 1 - 2
New South Wales Tour Matches 1965 1965 1 1 - - 3

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests and World Cup
1964
1970
1968
1970
26 3 3 - 15
Australia Internationals 1970 1970 1 - - - -
Australia Tour Matches
1965
1967
1970
1965
1968
1970
17 8 3 - 30

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