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The NRL is today mourning the passing of former Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks prop Cliff Watson.

Mr Watson was one of the early pioneers at Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, joining the Club in 1971 as an English import.

"Cliff's time at the Sharks was relatively short compared to the rest of his career but his impact and influence on the Club is revered to this day," NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said.

"He led from the front to take the Club to its first Grand Final, in 1973.

"He was one of the greatest front-rowers for Great Britain ever and left an incredible mark on Cronulla as well as the game in Australia."

Born: April 26, 1940, London, UK

Career Overview

Club Career: 1960 – 73

St Helens (1960 – 71)
o 373 Games
o 57 Tries
o 171 Points
Cronulla Sutherland (1971 – 73)
o 1971: 8 Games
o 1972: 10 Games, 4 Tries, 12 Points
o 1973: 20 Games, 5 Tries, 15 Points
Representative Career: 1963 – 71, 1974

Great Britain (1963 – 71)
o Tests and World Cup (1963 – 71): 30 Games, 5 Tries, 15 Points
o Tour Matches (1966, 1968, 1970): 20 Games, 2 Tries, 6 Points
Illawarra vs. Great Britain (1974)
o 1 Game
The Rest vs. Kangaroos (1974)
o 1 Game
GRAND TOTAL (all senior matches)
o 463 Games, 73 Tries, 219 Points

Watson played junior football with Dudley Kingswinford rugby union

He played in St Helens' Challenge Cup-winning teams in 1961 and 1966

He made his Australian premiership debut for Cronulla vs. Newtown at Endeavour Field, 4/7/1971 (Rd. 15)

He played in Cronulla's grand final team against Manly in 1973

Watson captain-coached Wollongong in the Illawarra competition in 1974

Acknowledgement of Country

National Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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