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Viv Thicknesse

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Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Temora, NSW
Date of Birth:
18 November 1910
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Eastern Suburbs
Opposition:
North Sydney
Date:
16 April 1932
Venue:
North Sydney Oval, Sydney
Representative:
City, New South Wales, Australia
Club:
Eastern Suburbs

Career

Milestones

  • Premierships: 1935-37
  • Kangaroo Tour: 1933-34
First Class Games
118
Points
87
Tries
29

Biography

Almost from the day Viv Thicknesse came across from representative rugby union to join Sydney's Eastern Suburbs in the 1931 season, he impressed as a leader. By the time he retired in 1937, he had built a reputation for scrum-half play that has probably never been matched in his club's history.

Joe Pearce remembered how Thicknesse used to give his five-eighth ''half a yard start every time from a scrum win'', because of the style and quality of his pass.

In 1940, Dally Messenger told Truth, ''I would rate Viv Thicknesse probably with any half who has played''.

After one game in the reserves in 1931, Rugby League News compared Thicknesse to Chris McKivat, Pony Halloway and Duncan Thompson, writing that ''the smooth, sharp and accurate shooting of the ball from the scrum was exhilarating to say the least''.

He went to become a Kangaroo in 1933–34, toured with the Australian team to New Zealand in 1935, played in the first two Ashes Tests of 1936, and was a key figure in his club's domination of Sydney football in the mid-1930s.

Thicknesse's last game for Easts, before he retired for business reasons, came in the final premiership round of 1937, when he produced what many considered to be his greatest game in first grade.

''Viv is one of the best club men Easts have ever had, and one of the greatest players the district has produced'', wrote senior Tricolours official Johnny Quinlan at the end of that season.

''His loss on the playing field will be severely felt.''

“They (Easts) went up another gear because of his passing ability from the base of the scrum."

Dick Dunn Eastern Suburbs team-mate

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Eastern Suburbs Premiership 1932 1937 75 19 - - 57

Representative Career

City - Country

City - Country
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
City Seconds Country Seconds 1932 1932 1 - - - -
City Firsts Country Firsts 1933 1936 4 4 - - 12
Metropolis Country 1932 1932 1 - - - -

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate Series Queensland 1933 1936 11 3 - - 9

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests
1933
1935
1933
1936
7 - - - -
Australia Tour Matches 1933 1935 18 3 - - 9

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Kangaroos The Rest 1934 1934 1 - - - -

Hall Of Fame Members