Rugby Australia has joined together with the rugby community in mourning Wallaby number 417, Barry Roberts, who passed away this week at the age of 84.
The St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill old boy played nine times for New South Wales between 1953 and 1960 and was known for his speed and hard running on the wing.
The talented track and field athlete was known for his speed and determination and even trialed for the Australian Olympic Track and Field team having represented New South Wales in hurdling.
Roberts earned Test selection in 1956 in the Wallabies’ second match against South Africa, where the Wallabies fell to the Springboks 0-9 at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground. He also played seven non-Test games for Australia.
Roberts also played against the British & Irish Lions for New South Wales in 1959, a match in which the home side won.
Roberts was a stalwart of Manly Rugby Club in Sydney where he scored 678 points in 135 first grade games for the club.
Classic Wallabies Manager, Stephen Hoiles offered Rugby Australia’s condolences: “The Australian Rugby community is mourning Barry’s passing and our thoughts are with the Roberts’ family at this difficult time.
“A talented winger, Roberts enjoyed the great traditions of Rugby through representing his club Manly, NSW and Australia.
“To earn a Test cap for his country is a testament to his talent and ability and the Classic Wallabies will have Barry and his family in our thoughts,” Hoiles said.