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The NRL has today paid tribute to legendary Australian and Parramatta player Ken Thornett, who has passed away aged 78.

Thornett played 130 matches for Parramatta between 1962 and 1971, and was captain-coach of the club in 1965-66.

He represented Australia in 22 matches in 1963-64, including 12 Tests. In 2008, the fullback was named as one of the 100 Greatest Players of the Century.

"Ken Thornett is a name which has been revered and will continue to be revered," NRL Chief Executive Todd Greenberg said.

"Ken played the game at the highest level – representing Parramatta, NSW and Australia. His time at Leeds was also typically memorable.

"The western grandstand at Pirtek Stadium was named after him, highlighting the regard he is held in by the club and its supporters.

"He will always be part of a very special group – the 100 greatest players in the first 100 years of Rugby League in this country. He will be missed."

KEN THORNETT

Born: November 27, 1937, Waverley, NSW

 
 
CAREER OVERVIEW
 
                                                                       Games        Trs         Gls        F/G        Pts
CLUB CAREER 1960-1968, 1971
 
Leeds 1960-1963, 1965-1966                           132          19             -            2          61
 
Parramatta 1962-1968, 1971
1962                                                                     7            2             -             -            6
1963    Premiership matches                             13            4             -             -          12
            v. touring international sides                    1            2             -             -            6
1964                                                                   19            3             -             -            9
1965                                                                   19            5             -             -          15
1966                                                                   13            2             -             -            6
1967                                                                   19             -             -            6          12
1968                                                                   18            1             -             -            3
1971                                                                   21             -             -             -            0
TOTAL                                                              130          19             -            6          69
 
REPRESENTATIVE CAREER 1963-65, 1967
 
CITY-COUNTRY 1963-65, 1967
City Firsts 1964                                                   1             -             -             -            0
City Seconds 1963, 1965, 1967                          3             -             -             -            0
TOTAL                                                                4             -             -             -            0
 
NEW SOUTH WALES 1963-1964, 1967
v. Queensland 1963-1964                                    2             -             -             -            0
v. touring international sides 1967                        1             -             -             -            0
TOTAL                                                                 3             -             -             -            0
 
AUSTRALIA 1963-1964
Tests 1963-1964                                                  12            6             -             -          18
Tour matches 1963-1964                                     10            1             -             -            3
TOTAL                                                                 22            7             -             -          21
 
GRAND TOTAL
All senior matches                                            291          45             -            8        151

 

Ken played rugby union for Randwick and represented NSW before signing with Leeds Rugby League in 1959.

A superb attacking fullback, he debuted for Parramatta v Balmain at Leichhardt Oval, 20/5/1962 (Rd 7).

He was captain-coach of Parramatta 1965-66. Thornett was inducted as a Legend of the Parramatta club in 2002 and in 2008 he was named as one of the ARL's 100 Greatest Players of the Century (1908-2007).

The western grandstand at Pirtek (Parramatta) Stadium is named the Ken Thornett Stand and the Parramatta Eels' annual Players' Player of the Year receives the Ken Thornett Medal.

Source:    David Middleton League Information Services