|Birth name||Arthur John Michael McCabe|
|Date of birth||23 June 1887|
|Place of birth||Tamworth, New South Wales |
|Date of death||30 July 1924(aged 37)|
|Place of death||Redfern, New South Wales|
|Rugby league career|
|Rugby union career|
Rugby union careerEdit
A brilliant fly-half, Mackker McCabe was a member of the Australian rugby union team which won the gold medal with McCabe scoring two tries in the gold medal victory.
Rugby league careerEdit
On his return to Australia he joined the fledgling code of rugby league along with 13 of his Olympic teammates. He played for five seasons with the South Sydney Rabbitohs finishing his career with a premiership win in 1914. Despite representing for New South Wales in rugby league in 1910 he was unsuccessful in his bid to become a dual-code rugby international.
For the season 1910, he was the NSW Rugby Football League's top try scorer. He was so highly praised by the press, they dubbed him The Will-O'-The-Wisp, a phrase that became synonymous with McCabe.
Arthur McCabe died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Morehead Street, Redfern on 30 July 1924, age 37. A large funeral was held for 'Mackker' McCabe and was attended by many ex Wallaby players and South Sydney players. He was buried at Rookwood Cemetery on 31 July 1924.
- "Scrum.com player profile of Arthur McCabe". Scrum.com. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
- The Arrow: Will O The Wisp- 01/08/1924
- Sydney Morning Herald: Death Notice -31/07/1924
- Sydney Morning Herald Funeral details 31/07/1924
- The Arrow, Sydney 01/08/1924 "Arthur McCabe's Death" - "Brilliant Wallaby Five-Eighth" (page 10)
- Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League, Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney