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Brian Carlson

Winger, Centre, Fullback

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Newcastle, NSW
Date of Birth:
12 February 1933
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Newcastle
Opposition:
France
Date:
26 May 1951
Venue:
No. 1 Sports Ground, Newcastle
Representative:
Sydney, Country, City, New South Wales, Queensland, Australia
Clubs:
North Newcastle, Wollongong, South Newcastle, Blackall, North Sydney

Career

Milestones
  • NSW Country Team of the Century: 2008
  • Kangaroo Tours: 1952-53, 1959-60
  • Australian captain: 2 Tests
  • Sun-Herald Best and Fairest: 1961
  • Rated No. 14 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
  • Named in NRL Team of the 1950s: 2007
First Class Games
185
Points
1125
Tries
141

Biography

Once described as ''the Keith Miller of rugby league'', Brian Carlson relied on his extraordinary natural talents to cement his place among Australia's greatest players.

Newcastle born and bred, Carlson was not a big trainer and would have scoffed at today's pre-season requirements and arduous weekly routines. He simply loved to play.

He was an Australian Test captain in 1961, the best and fairest player among the four competing nations at the 1957 World Cup and a prolific try scorer on two Kangaroo tours.

Incredibly, Carlson achieved his highest honours after suffering a near fatal injury in a match in Wollongong in 1954.

Playing for the Christian Brothers club (later to become Collegians), he suffered broken ribs and a ruptured kidney and at hospital, where his condition was listed as critical, a priest gave him his last rites.

In little more than 12 months, Carlson was back playing in Newcastle and in 1957, after accepting an offer to captain-coach Blackall in western Queensland, he was chosen to represent Australia at the World Cup.

But the Blackall club refused him clearance to play for his country, so he quit in disgust and became the first ''free agent'' to play for Australia. Carlson could play fullback, winger or centre with equal ability and indeed represented his country in all three positions.

He toured with the Kangaroos in 1952–53 and 1959–60, scored 75 tries in 65 games for Australia and crossed for nine tries in one match on the 1953 tour of New Zealand.

“He seemed to score tries, kick goals and make telling tackles with such consummate ease.”

Peter Muszkat Journalist

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
North Newcastle Newcastle Competition 1951 1953 - - - - -
CBC Wollongong Illawarra Competition 1954 1954 - - - - -
South Newcastle Newcastle Competition
1956
1963
1956
1964
- - - - -
Blackall Central West (QLD) Competition 1957 1957 - - - - -
North Sydney Bears Premiership 1957 1962 72 31 211 - 515
North Sydney Bears City Cup 1959 1959 3 1 3 - 9
North Sydney Bears Official Pre-Season 1962 1962 2 1 6 - 15

Representative Career

City - Country

City - Country
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Country Firsts City Firsts
1952
1956
1963
1954
1956
1963
5 6 2 - 22
City Firsts Country Firsts 1958 1962 5 6 19 - 56

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate Series Queensland
1952
1958
1954
1959
10 8 13 - 50
New South Wales Touring Teams
1952
1958
1954
1958
6 5 - - 15
Queensland Interstate Series New South Wales 1957 1957 4 2 1 - 8

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests and World Cup
1952
1957
1954
1961
23 16 21 - 90
Australia Tour Matches
1952
1959
1953
1961
43 59 58 - 293
Australia Rest of the World 1957 1957 1 - 3 1 7

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Possibles Probables 1952 1952 1 1 - - 3
Combined Country American All Stars 1953 1953 1 - - - -
Southern NSW Great Britain 1954 1954 1 - - - -
Newcastle Touring Teams
1951
1956
1963
1951
1956
1964
5 2 7 - 20
Sydney
1958
1960
1958
1960
2 2 - - 6
Metropolitan Country 1960 1960 1 1 6 - 15

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