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Christopher McKivat

Halfback

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Burrawang, NSW
Date of Birth:
27 November 1879
Nickname:
Chris
Debut Team:
Wallabies
Opposition:
Kangaroos
Date:
04 September 1909
Venue:
Royal Agricultural Society Ground, Sydney
Representative:
New South Wales, Australia
Club:
Glebe

Career

Milestones
  • Kangaroo Tour captain: 1911-12
  • Australian captain: Three Tests
  • Rated No. 42 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
115
Points
81
Tries
27

Biography

It is almost a century since Chris McKivat worked his magic on the rugby league field.

A halfback with a shrewd and calculating mind, he holds the unique distinction of captaining Australia in both rugby codes.

McKivat's deeds on the 1911–12 Kangaroo tour, in which he led the tourists to Ashes victory, remained unchallenged for over 50 years.

Born and raised in the central west of New South Wales, McKivat was enticed to Sydney in 1905.

Three years later he was selected on the Wallabies' tour of England and America, and led the team in 17 matches when team captain, Paddy Moran, and his deputy, Fred Woods, were ill or injured.

McKivat led the Wallabies to victory in the Olympics gold-medal match and to a Test match victory over England at Blackheath.

His signing with rugby league during the great Wallaby raid of 1909 was a turning point for the 13–a-side game and undoubtedly convinced many of his rugby teammates to make the jump.

McKivat was a dominant figure in Tests between Australia and England from 1910 to 1912 and his style was a favourite subject of British scribes. ''How the old Wallaby does talk'', wrote one English reporter in 1911.

''His tongue never seems to cease except when he is opening out the game himself. But his remarks are to the point and he is a born leader.''

After his retirement, McKivat coached at Glebe, Norths and Wests, and was in charge of Norths when they landed their only competition titles in 1921 and 1922.

“At halfback he stands alone in the whole world of Northern Union football."

Manchester Daily Despatch, 1911.

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Glebe Premiership 1910 1914 54 5 - - 15
Glebe City Cup 1912 1913 6 2 - - 6

Representative Career

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate series Queensland 1910 1912 5 2 - - 6
New South Wales Touring teams 1910 1912 8 3 - - 9

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests 1910 1912 5 4 - - 12
Australia Tour matches 1911 1912 28 7 - - 21

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Wallabies Kangaroos 1909 1909 4 - - - -
Australasia England 1910 1910 2 3 - - 9
Metropolis Country 1912 1912 1 1 - - 3
Kangaroos Metropolis 1912 1912 1 - - - -
Kangaroos The Rest 1917 1917 1 - - - -

Hall Of Fame Members