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Jimmy Craig

Centre, Winger, Fullback, Halfback

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Sydney, NSW
Date of Birth:
29 June 1895
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Balmain
Opposition:
North Sydney
Date:
14 August 1915
Venue:
Birchgrove Oval, Sydney
Representative:
City, New South Wales, Queensland, Australia
Clubs:
Balmain, University, Starlights, Ipswich, Western Suburbs

Career

Milestones

  • Premierships: 1915-17, 1919-20, 1930
  • Kangaroo Tour: 1921-22
  • Australian Captain: Three Tests
  • Queensland Team of the Century: 2008
  • Rated No. 34 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
205
Points
827
Tries
68

Biography

In the rugby league seasons between the two World Wars, the name Jimmy Craig was synonymous with versatility. A Balmain junior, Craig could play any position in the backline and was even known to fill in at lock forward or hooker.

In seven Tests for Australia he played fullback, centreand halfback and was once described by the legendary Dally Messenger as the greatest player he ever saw.

Craig figured in premiership wins for Balmain in 1915–17 and 1919–20. Significantly, in 1918, when Craig did not play for the club, Balmain failed to win the title.

He was a star of the 1921–22 Kangaroos and later took his talents to Queensland, where his Ipswich team became a power of the game in the Bulimba Cup.

Craig returned to Sydney in 1929, joining Wests, and as captain-coach led the club to its first premiership success in 1930. During that season, Craig appeared in four positions in one game against Easts.

The Evening News reported that Craig, who started at halfback, packed into the second row at one point of the first half while hooker Bob Lindfield was down injured.

Later in the half, according to the paper ''Craig occasionally went in to lock the scrum''. And in the minutes before halftime, ''Craig had now fallen to fullback, with McMillan an extra five-eighth''.

“He has earned the distinction of being the best all-round exponent of the game in Australia."

Mick Fihelly Brisbane Courier, 1926

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Balmain Premiership
1915
1919
1917
1921
51 19 23 - 103
Balmain City Cup
1915
1919
1921
1917
1919
1921
11 3 5 1 21
University Premiership 1922 1922 12 3 8 - 25
Starlights Ipswich Ipswich Club Competition 1923 1928 - - - - -
Western Suburbs Premiership 1929 1930 32 6 77 - 172

Representative Career

City - Country

City - Country
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
City Firsts Country Firsts 1929 1929 1 - - - -

Intercity

Intercity
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Ipswich Bulimba Cup 1925 1928 16 3 32 - 73
Ipswich Touring Teams
1923
1927
1925
1928
8 3 15 - 39

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate series Queensland 1929 1929 2 - 3 - 6
New South Wales Touring teams 1921 1921 1 1 5 - 13
New South Wales Queensland and New Zealand 1921 1921 1 2 - - 6
New South Wales Tour matches 1922 1922 3 3 26 - 51
Queensland Interstate series New South Wales 1923 1928 18 8 29 - 82
Queensland Touring teams
1924
1928
1925
1928
3 - 2 - 4
Queensland Tour matches
1923
1925
1923
1925
10 4 64 - 140
Queensland The Rest 1928 1928 1 1 7 - 17

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests
1921
1924
1928
1921
1924
1928
7 - 6 - 12
Australia Tour Matches 1921 1922 23 10 13 - 56

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Metropolis Country 1920 1920 1 2 - - 6
University XIII Metropolis 1922 1922 1 - - - -
Maryborough England 1924 1924 1 - - - -
The Rest Queensland 1927 1927 1 - 2 - 4
South Queensland North Queensland 1927 1927 1 - 2 - 4

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