The late Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop, acknowledged as one of the greatest ever Australians, has been inducted in the Wallaby Hall of Fame.
Sir Edward, whose state funeral in 1993 saw 10,000 people turn out to pay their respects, played twice for the Wallabies in 1932 and 1934 as a No.8 and second rower.
He is the first Victorian to win Hall of Fame inclusion.
“Weary” made his debut against the All Blacks at Sydney Cricket Ground on 23 July 1932, just a year after taking up the game as a fourth grade player with Melbourne University.
Following his selection he was asked by a reporter why, as a Victorian, he had chosen to pursue Rugby as his preferred football code.
“The whole team gets into action at one time, and moves like one man in great dashes down the field, striving to defeat the opposing side and put the ball over the line,” he replied.
“(And) tackling is more thrilling than anything in the Australian game.”
In 1934, he played strongly in a first Test win over the All Blacks at the SCG, the Australians taking the match 25-11. The second and final Test of the series was played a fortnight later. But “Weary” was forced to miss the match through illness. Australia and New Zealand played a 3-all draw, delivering the Bledisloe Cup to this country for the first time.
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