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Roy Bull

Prop

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Orange, NSW
Date of Birth:
12 June 1929
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Manly Warringah
Opposition:
South Sydney
Date:
26 April 1947
Venue:
Sydney Sports Ground, NSW
Representative:
City, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Club:
Manly Warringah

Career

Milestones

  • Premierships: 1957, 1959
  • Kangaroo Tours: 1952-53, 1956-57
  • NSWRL Player of the Year: 1955
  • New South Wales Team of the Century: 2008
  • Rated No. 65 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
  • Named in NRL Team of the 1950s: 2007
First Class Games
282
Points
108
Tries
36

Biography

Roy Bull was one of the foundation stones of the Manly Warringah rugby league club. He was 17-years-old when the club joined the premiership in 1947 and was a first-grader for almost all of the club's first 13 seasons.

Bull was a fitness fanatic long before intense training regimes became ingrained in league culture.

He increased his strength by labouring on building sites during the week and when it came time to play football he was in peak condition.

In summer, he rowed a surf boat with Freshwater Lifesaving Club and won an Australian surfboat title at Manly beach in 1947.

Bull played his entire career with Manly, appearing in 177 first-grade games (including three grand finals), and became Manly's first international when he toured New Zealand in 1949 and played the first of his 22 Tests. He played more than 100 representative games in total.

In profiling Bull for his NSW Rugby League Official Yearbook in 1955, when the prop was named player of the year, EE Christensen wrote, ''Roy Bull is one of the best answers possible for those enthusiasts who claim the present-day player is never as good as his predecessor''.

Christensen praised Bull for his performances in the 1954 Ashes series, especially in the first Test, suggesting that ''old-timers generally agreed that he was fit for a place in rugby league's Hall of Fame''.

“Whilst the game has changed immensely since Ray retired, even today he would still be Australia’s star forward.”

Ken Arthurson Former ARL Chairman

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Manly Warringah Premiership
1947
1949
1947
1959
177 24 - - 72
Manly Warringah City Cup 1959 1959 - - - - -

Representative Career

City - Country

City - Country
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
City Seconds Country Seconds
1949
1951
1949
1951
2 - - - -
City Firsts Country Firsts
1950
1952
1950
1956
7 1 - - 3

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate Series Queensland
1949
1952
1950
1956
18 - - - -
New South Wales Touring Sides
1950
1953
1950
1956
9 2 - - 6

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests and World Cup
1949
1952
1949
1957
25 2 - - 6
Australia Tour Matches
1949
1952
1956
1949
1954
1957
39 6 - - 18

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Sydney 1953 1955 3 1 - - 3
Australia-New Zealand Rugby League XIII 1954 1954 1 - - - -

Hall Of Fame Members