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Douglas "Duncan" Hall

Prop

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Home Hill, QLD
Date of Birth:
24 August 1925
Nickname:
Duncan
Debut Team:
Brisbane
Opposition:
Eastern Suburbs
Date:
29 March 1948
Venue:
Brisbane Exhibition Ground, QLD
Representative:
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Clubs:
Christian Brothers Rockhampton, Brisbane Valleys, Home Hill, Newtown Toowoomba, Brisbane Wests

Career

Milestones

  • Premiership: 1954
  • Kangaroo Tours: 1948-49, 1952-53
  • JG Stephenson Trophy: 1951
  • W ‘Gunner’ McCook Best and Fairest: 1954
  • Australian Rugby League Team of the Century: 2008
  • Queensland Team of the Century: 2008
  • Rated No. 25 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
  • Named in NRL Team of the 1960s: 2006
First Class Games
177
Points
195
Tries
65

Biography

Queensland-born Duncan Hall has long been regarded as one of Australia's greatest post-war front-rowers. He rose to prominence in the period immediately following World War II, toured twice with the Kangaroos and played in two Ashes-winning series for Australia.

Hall had accepted a playing position at Alpha in Central Queensland in the mid-1940s, but a railway strike meant he was unable to take up the position, and instead he moved to Brisbane, where he linked up with the Valleys club.

From there he made a meteoric rise to representative football, first with Brisbane, then Queensland and in little more than three months he was selected in Australia's Test side to play New Zealand.

Hall became a mainstay of Australian teams for the next seven years, contributing mightily to Australia's Ashes triumphs in 1950 and 1954.

Hall played his entire domestic career in Queensland, moving from Valleys back to his home town of Home Hill in 1950, before stints in Toowoomba and with Brisbane Wests. A knee injury cost him the opportunity of a third Kangaroo tour in 1956.

''Hall had an equal distribution of brawn and brains which put him in the near-genius class,'' Duncan Thompson wrote.

''There certainly never was a better ball distributor. Whatever a champion prop needed, Duncan Hall had. He was surprisingly fast and truly tough.''

“If you wanted to score a try your chances improved 100 percent if you were running outside him.”

Brian Davies Former Australian team-mate

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Christian Brothers, Rockhampton 1945 1947 - - - - -
Valleys Brisbane Brisbane Club Competition 1948 1949 11 4 - - 12
Valleys Brisbane President's Cup 1948 1949 4 2 - - 6
Home Hill Foley Shield 1950 1950 - - - - -
Newtown, Toowoomba Toowoomba Club Competition 1951 1952 - - - - -
Western Suburbs, Brisbane BRL Premiership 1954 1957 54 20 - - 60

Representative Career

Intercity

Intercity
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Toowoomba 1951 1952 5 2 - - 6
Toowoomba Touring Sides 1951 1951 1 - - - -
Brisbane
1948
1954
1949
1957
14 5 - - 15
Brisbane Touring Sides
1948
1954
1948
1955
3 - - - -

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Queensland Interstate Series New South Wales
1948
1954
1952
1955
19 8 - - 24
Queensland Touring Sides
1948
1950
1954
1948
1951
1955
5 2 - - 6

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests and World Cup 1948 1955 23 9 - - 27
Australia Tour Matches 1948 1953 36 13 - - 39

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
North Queensland Great Britain 1950 1950 1 1 - - 3
Kangaroos The Rest 1953 1953 1 - - - -

Hall Of Fame Members