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Ray Stehr

Prop

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Warialda, NSW
Date of Birth:
24 January 1913
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Eastern Suburbs
Opposition:
University
Date:
20 April 1929
Venue:
Sydney Sports Ground, NSW
Representative:
City, Country, New South Wales, Australia
Clubs:
Eastern Suburbs, Mudgee

Career

Milestones

  • Premierships: 1935-37, 1940
  • Kangaroo Tours: 1933-34, 1937-38
  • Rated No. 66 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
  • Premiership record as youngest player to appear in first grade: 16 in 1929
First Class Games
283
Points
120
Tries
34

Biography

Having recovered from a crippling childhood illness to become a first-grader with his beloved Easts at age 16 in 1929, Stehr set out on a football journey which was without parallel for its feuds, fisticuffs and raucous controversy.

Above all else, Stehr was a front-row warrior, and one of the best, in the thick of the action through 55 games for Australia (including 11 Tests), 33 matches for NSW and a then-record 184 first-grade games for Easts in a career that stretched through the Depression and beyond World War II.

Stehr's famous blow-up with the tough Englishman John Arkwright in the third Test of 1936 is one of the game's most retold stories: how Arkwright and Stehr were involved in a dust-up in a scrum, and then Arkwright (seemingly) felled Stehr with a pole-axing blow.

Referee Lal Deane promptly sent Arkwright off, and then Stehr, too, after the Aussie prop ''recovered''. Stehr later claimed he'd taken a dive, but not everyone agreed with him.

Balancing Stehr's image as a ''hit man'', Frank Hyde called him ''a man of great personal strength and quality''.

Powerful and brave, Stehr was a cornerstone of the great Easts teams of the 1930s, and forward with a genuine nous for the game.

In the 1936 final, Easts scored a spectacular try, involving many passes and most of their brilliant backs, yet Stehr was the man who put the ball over the line.

“Ray was one of the greatest of front row forwards, a man who would have succeeded in any era.”

Frank Hyde Straight Between the Posts

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Warialda Inverell Competition 1927 1928 - - - - -
Eastern Suburbs Premiership
1929
1945
1942
1946
174 16 4 - 56
Eastern Suburbs City Cup
1937
1942
1937
1942
4 - - - -
Eastern Suburbs State Championship
1939
1941
1939
1941
4 1 - - 3
Mudgee Group 14 Competition 1934 1934 - - - - -

Representative Career

City - Country

City - Country
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
City Seconds Country Seconds 1931 1931 1 1 - - 3
City Firsts Country Firsts
1933
1935
1941
1933
1939
1941
7 3 - - 9
Country Firsts City Firsts 1934 1934 1 1 - - 3

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate Series Queensland 1931 1941 30 2 - - 6
New South Wales Tour Matches
1931
1935
1932
1935
3 1 2 - 7
New South Wales Touring Teams 1936 1938 3 1 - - 3

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests
1933
1935
1933
1937
11 4 - - 12
Australia Tour Matches
1935
1937
1935
1938
42 4 - - 12

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Sydney Touring Teams
1936
1938
1936
1938
2 - - - -
Kangaroos The Rest 1934 1934 1 - - - -

Hall Of Fame Members