Geoff Shaw

Geoff 'Bunter' Shaw was a talented centre who could match it with the world’s best.
 
From NSW country, Shaw played 22 matches for his home State before heading north to Queensland, where he became a fixture in 47 games before making his debut as a 20 year old for the Wallabies against Wales in Sydney in 1969.
 
That same year Shaw was selected in the touring side that travelled to South Africa playing in 16 of the 26 games, including one Test.
 
In 1970 Scotland arrived in Australia, and Geoff Shaw played them three times, once for NSW (won 28-14), once for NSW Country (lost 15-18) and once for Australia (won 23-3) in the sole Test.
 
The following year was a heavy one for Shaw. South Africa toured, and he would play five times against them, for NSW (lost 3-25), as captain of NSW Country (lost 3-19), and in the three Tests.
 
He then travelled with the Wallabies to France and North America for a 10-match tour where he would play six of the 10 matches including the two Tests.
 
In 1972 Shaw took a sabbatical from international duties and travelled the world. He secured games with the Eastern Province Currie Cup team in South Africa, and the Junior Springboks; in London he turned out for London Scottish, and also played games in France and Italy.
 
When he returned to Australia in 1973 he was selected for the nine-match tour of England, Wales and Italy.
 
He lost little over his year’s sabbatical and played in eight of the nine matches, including both Tests.
 
He then took on New Zealand five times in 1974 before leading the Wallabies on their tour of the British Isles and USA in 1975.
 
When Fiji arrived in 1976, Shaw captained the Wallabies three times securing three victories, which led to his selection as touring captain to France and Italy the same year.
 
In 1979 Shaw played his final Test for the Wallabies against the All Blacks in Sydney a game which the Wallabies won 12-6.
 
In total Shaw notched up 68 matches for Australia, which included 27 Tests. He captained Australia on nine occasions as well as a further 12 other non-Test match games.

Geoff Shaw was the 25th inductee to the Wallaby Hall of Fame and was inducted in 2012.