First Nations Wallabies: Andrew Walker

To honour the Wallabies wearing the First Nations jersey against Argentina, has taken a look back at the incredible efforts by First Nations Wallabies - exploring the immortal Andrew Walker.

Andrew Walker was an indigenous Australian of undoubted genius who became the first rugby league international to defect to rugby union.

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Wallaby coach Eddie Jones described Walker as one of the most talented players he had ever coached.

Born in Bomaderry on the New South Wales south coast, Walker was the youngest of thirteen children. In 1991, at just 17 years of age, he joined the famous Randwick club, won the Shute Shield and represented Australian U21s.

Walker then crossed codes to rugby league and played eight seasons of first grade with St. George and Eastern Suburbs, making a lone appearance for Australia in 1998.

Walker returned to the 15-man game in 2000, joined the ACT Brumbies and set the Super Rugby competition alight with 13 tries including two hat-tricks.

That outstanding form saw him selected in the Wallaby squad and he was the only Australian to debut in what many have referred to as the ‘Game of the Century’, against New Zealand in Sydney.

Action shot - Andrew Walker holds up the Tom Richards Cup after Australia wins 3rd Test and series v British & Irish Lions Stadium Australia

Walker played six Tests, including all three against the British & Irish Lions in 2001, in what was his final season of international rugby.

He would play his final game in September that year, coming off the bench to kick a penalty that would ultimately prove the difference as the Wallabies defeated the All Blacks in Sydney.

At the age of 43, Walker would make a stunning comeback via the Brisbane Tens for the Brumbies, instantly impressing as one of the best of the 'wildcards', proving he still had it.

Walker played 7 Tests for Australia in his two year international career.


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