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Les Cubitt

Centre, Five-eighth

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Paddington, NSW
Date of Birth:
31 October 1892
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Glebe
Opposition:
Western Suburbs
Date:
29 April 1911
Venue:
Sydney Sports Ground, NSW
Representative:
City, New South Wales, Australia
Clubs:
Glebe, Eastern Suburbs

Career

Milestones
  • Premierships: 1913
  • Kangaroo Tour captain: 1921-22
  • Rated No. 94 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
156
Points
403
Tries
125

Biography

In the opinion of those who saw him play in his heyday, Les Cubitt was a centre three-quarter who ranked with the very best of any period in the game's history.

In a career that began with the famous Glebe ''Dirty Reds'' in 1911, the suspension of international matches during World War I curtailed what would have been a far greater record for the fleet-footed Sydney man.

A nippy and tricky runner, Cubitt benefited immensely by playing alongside Dally Messenger at Easts in 1913.

As he matured, he showed a mind that was always ready to pounce on an opportunity to make a break for the line or to position and pass the ball out to his winger.

At the start of the 1914 season, the great journalist Claude Corbett described Cubitt as 'the brainiest footballer the League has had'.

Once the War was over Cubitt claimed the mantle as the nation's best centre, playing in all four Tests against New Zealand in 1919 (Australia winning the series 3–1).

Having scored seven tries in his first five games on that tour, in the final three he was practically unstoppable, crossing for an astonishing 17 tries.

Cubitt was appointed as captain of the 1921–22 Kangaroos.

However, barely days after the team disembarked from the boat, Cubitt went down in a trial match after sustaining a serious knee injury. Though he eventually played four matches on the tour, his career was effectively brought to an untimely end.

“He had everything that Reg Gasnier had. He was exceptionally fast and he had an acute football mind.”

Ray Norman on Cubitt’s death in 1968

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Glebe Premiership 1911 1911 16 9 5 - 37
Eastern Suburbs Premiership 1913 1922 93 53 3 - 165
Eastern Suburbs City Cup
1914
1920
1918
1920
15 9 3 - 33

Representative Career

City - Country

City - Country
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
City Country 1914 1914 1 2 - - 6

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate series Queensland
1911
1915
1919
1911
1915
1919
4 6 - - 18
New South Wales Touring teams
1914
1919
1914
1919
4 4 - - 12
New South Wales Tour matches 1913 1913 9 16 3 - 54

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests 1919 1919 4 5 - - 15
Australia Tour matches
1919
1921
1919
1921
8 20 - - 60

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Metropolis Kangaroos 1912 1912 1 - - - -
Metropolis Country 1913 1913 1 1 - - 3

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