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Brian Davies

Second row, Prop

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Brisbane, QLD
Date of Birth:
16 May 1930
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Brothers
Opposition:
Valleys
Date:
02 April 1949
Venue:
Oxenham Park, Nundah
Representative:
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Clubs:
Brisbane Brothers, Canterbury, St George, Queensland

Career

Milestones

  • Premiership: 1956, 1958
  • Kangaroo Tours: 1952-53, 1956-57
  • Australian captain: 3 Tests
  • JG Stephenson Trophy: 1955
  • W ‘Gunner’ McCook Best and Fairest: 1955-58
  • Queensland Team of the Century: 2008
  • Rated No. 41 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
360
Points
848
Tries
90

Biography

Brian Davies ranks as one of Queensland's greatest and most distinguished forwards. Great Britain's great five-eighth David Bolton, who tangled with him in the 1958 series, said, ''Davies was as fit and as determined as any man I have ever played against''.

That series, although a losing one for Australia, was a crowning achievement of Davies' career, as he had the honour of leading Australia in all three Tests against Alan Prescott's tourists.

His first taste of international football had come long before — back in the history-making series of 1950 when he was a reserve in the Australian squad but didn't get to put a foot onto the field of battle.

In 1951, as a second-rower, he made his debut, playing in all three Tests against the French.

Graduating to prop, Davies made two Kangaroo tours and played in the first two World Cups.

On the arrival home of the 1952–53 Kangaroos, team manager Latchem Robinson identified the greatness of Davies, naming him man of the tour.

Said Robinson: ''Davies developed into a colossal forward overseas and must now rank with the all-time great second-rowers''.

Four years later, Britain's Official Rugby League Yearbook nominated Davies as the most constructive of the Australian forwards. In 1958, his last international campaign, captain Davies was the only resident Queenslander in the Australian team which fell 2–1 to Great Britain.

“Davies was as fit, as hard and as determined as any man I have ever played against.”

Dave Bolton Former Great Britain halfback

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Brothers Brisbane Brisbane Club Competition
1949
1955
1964
1953
1958
1964
137 43 162 - 453
Brothers Brisbane President's Cup 1949 1952 9 3 - - 9
Booval Swifts, Ipswich 1954 1954 - - - - -
Canterbury-Bankstown Premiership 1959 1962 57 7 89 - 199
Canterbury-Bankstown City Cup 1959 1959 2 - - - -
Canterbury-Bankstown Pre-Season Competition 1962 1962 5 - - - -
St George, Queensland Roma Competition 1963 1963 - - - - -

Representative Career

Intercity

Intercity
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Brisbane
1950
1955
1953
1958
28 6 3 - 24
Brisbane Touring Sides
1950
1955
1958
1951
1956
1958
5 - 8 - 16
Brisbane Sydney 1953 1953 1 - - - -
Ipswich 1954 1954 4 1 - - 3

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Queensland Interstate Series New South Wales 1950 1958 31 8 14 - 52
Queensland Touring Sides
1950
1954
1958
1952
1956
1958
7 - 5 - 10
Queensland The Rest 1952 1953 2 - - - -

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests and World Cup 1951 1958 33 5 7 - 29
Australia Tour Matches
1952
1956
1954
1957
34 15 1 - 47
Australia Rest of the World 1957 1957 1 - - - -

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia XIII France 1951 1951 1 1 - - 3
South Queensland North Queensland 1950 1950 1 - - - -
American All Stars New South Wales 1953 1953 1 1 - - 3
Kangaroos The Rest 1953 1953 1 - - - -

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