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Viv Farnsworth

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Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Newtown, NSW
Date of Birth:
04 February 1889
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Wallabies
Opposition:
Kangaroos
Date:
11 September 1909
Venue:
Royal Agricultural Society Ground, Sydney
Representative:
New South Wales, Australia
Clubs:
Newtown, Oldham, Wests

Career

Milestones
  • Premiership: 1910
  • Kangaroo Tour: 1911-12
  • Rated No. 84 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
175
Points
237
Tries
79

Biography

From the time he switched codes in 1909, Viv Farnsworth enjoyed a glittering rugby league career. Farnsworth made his league debut in the third of the matches between the Kangaroos and Wallabies that year, deputising for his injured brother Bill.

Viv joined Newtown in 1910 and was a key part of their premiership win that year, a season in which he also gained NSW selection.

He won his first Australian jersey the following year, when picked for the 1911–12 Kangaroo tour, forming a lethal combination with Herb Gilbert that was a feature of the successful campaign.

Farnsworth's zippy footwork, creative ball play and bruising defence brought him 19 tries from 29 matches on tour.

One story told is how an opposing player, seeing that Farnsworth was to mark him, immediately withdrew from the match to save himself.

Viv and Bill Farnsworth joined Oldham in 1912 and then enlisted with a Lancashire regiment when World War I erupted.

Viv returned to Australia after the hostilities and joined Wests, uniting with Gilbert again at club level and for Australia's 1920 Ashes triumph. An injury suffered in the Third Test of that series ended his career.

“He was equally brilliant in attack and defence, and was one of the most punishing tacklers I have ever seen..."

Johnny Quinlan Kangaroos Manager, 1911-12

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Newtown Bluebags Premiership
1910
1919
1912
1919
33 23 - - 69
Oldham England First Class Games 1913 1915 78 27 1 - 83
Western Suburbs Premiership 1920 1921 12 6 - - 18

Representative Career

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate series Queensland 1910 1910 3 1 - - 3
New South Wales Touring teams
1910
1920
1912
1920
5 1 - - 3
New South Wales Tour matches 1912 1912 5 1 - - 3

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests
1911
1920
1912
1920
6 4 - - 12
Australia Tour matches 1911 1912 25 15 - - 45

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Wallabies Kangaroos 1909 1909 2 - - - -
Australasia England 1910 1910 2 1 - - 3
Metropolis Newcastle 1911 1911 1 - - - -
Kangaroos Metropolis 1912 1912 1 - - - -
Metropolis Central Western 1912 1912 1 - - - -

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