22. Vic Armbruster

Vic Armbruster was one of the best of the many NSW players to head to Queensland in the 1920s. Born in the small farming community of Meerschaum Vale, near Lismore, Armbruster was only 20 when he won selection for NSW in the only interstate clash of 1922.

A tall second-rower, Armbruster settled in Toowoomba in 1924, and made an immediate impact on his new club Valleys, where he teamed with future Test stars Herb Steinohrt and Dan Dempsey.

The trio became automatic selections for Toowoomba and eventually Queensland. Armbruster, Steinohrt and Dempsey all played in the famous match between Toowoomba and England in 1924, when the local team won 23–20.

It was after this match that the mayor of Toowoomba, Doug Annand tagged the team the ''Galloping Clydesdales''.

A noted ball handler with the ability to slip a pass when surrounded by defenders and a player renowned for ''dropping back to take the high punts'', Armbruster's international career began in the second Ashes Test of 1924.

He played all three Tests against England in 1928 and was one of the first forwards chosen for the 1929–30 Kangaroo tour. His partnership with George Treweek in the Australian second row for three of the four Tests was hailed as one of the finest combinations ever to wear the green and gold.

Armbruster returned to England in 1931, playing with fellow Australians Cec Aynsley and Bill Spencer at the Rochdale Hornets club, his career winding down in 1935.

Position: Second rower.

Clubs: Mullumbimby 1921–23; Valleys, Toowoomba 1924–25; Grammars, Brisbane 1926–28; Valleys, Brisbane 1929–30, Bundaberg 1931; Rochdale Hornets 1931–35.

Club landmarks: Won Brisbane premiership with Grammars 1927.

Games for NSW: One (1922).

Games for Queensland: 35 (1924–31).

Tests for Australia: Eight (1924–30).

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tour 1929–30; Toured New Zealand with Queensland 1925.