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Dan Frawley

Winger

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Woolloomooloo, NSW
Date of Birth:
15 December 1882
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Eastern Suburbs
Opposition:
Newtown
Date:
20 April 1908
Venue:
Wentworth Park, Sydney
Representative:
New South Wales, Australia
Clubs:
Eastern Suburbs, Warrington

Career

Milestones
  • Premierships: 1911-13
  • Kangaroo Tours: 1908-09, 1911-12
First Class Games
165
Points
555
Tries
143

Biography

Dan Frawley was a superb winger during the first decade of Australian rugby league. A brilliant runner, he had few peers as a winger on either side of the globe; none of his contemporaries could match him for speed and agility when he was going at his top.

As he sprinted down the wing, he would often lure an opposing fullback into a feeling of confidence that all was well before suddenly turning infield and take off like a hare, leaving the fullback flat-footed.

''It looked so simple but it was perfection and something to remember,'' wrote one league reporter.

Coming through the Easts rugby union grade ranks at the same time as Dally Messenger, the two developed an almost instinctive combination.

Whenever Messenger was close-marked, he would deftly kick the ball downfield to Frawley's side of the field, for the flying winger to pursue.

While he scored many tries from the text-book wingers position, Frawley was not restricted in his methods and could often be seen sidestepping his way through the centre of opposition forward packs.

His seven-match Test career for Australia (six of which were against Great Britain) extended from 1908 to the advent of World War I.

His league career at Easts was briefly interrupted by a stint with Warrington in England, but he was on hand to play his part in the Tricolours premiership wins from 1911 to 1913.

"...a superb player, fast and agile, with an ability to change direction that could leave any fullback out in the cold.”

Ian Heads A Centenary of Rugby League

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Eastern Suburbs Premiership 1908 1915 71 55 19 - 203
Eastern Suburbs City Cup 1914 1915 5 2 3 - 12
Warrington England First Class Games 1909 1910 19 8 2 - 28

Representative Career

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate series Queensland 1911 1912 2 4 - - 12
New South Wales Touring teams
1909
1911
1909
1913
11 13 1 - 41
New South Wales Tour matches 1912 1913 14 27 53 - 187

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests
1909
1911
1914
1909
1912
1914
7 4 2 - 16
Australia Internationals 1908 1908 1 1 - - 3
Australia Tour matches
1908
1911
1909
1912
29 19 1 - 59

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Metropolis Queensland 1908 1908 1 2 - - 6
Kangaroos Rest of NSW 1909 1909 2 6 4 - 26
Kangaroos England 1910 1910 1 - - - -
Anglo-Australia Newcastle 1910 1910 1 2 - - 6
Kangaroos Metropolis 1912 1912 1 - - - -

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