Garry Jack

Garry Jack (born 14 March 1961) is an Australian former rugby league footballer and coach. He was a representative in the Australian national team and star player with the Balmain Tigers. Jack was a fullback for the Tigers during the late 1980s, and early 1990s, under the captaincy of Wayne Pearce and the coaching of Warren Ryan. Jack also represented the New South Wales State of Origin team on 17 occasions.

Garry Jack
Personal information
Born (1961-03-14) 14 March 1961 (age 59)[1]
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight88 kg (13 st 12 lb)
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1980 Wests (Illawarra) 18 8 24
1981 Western Suburbs 6 1 0 0 3
1982–95 Balmain Tigers 244 62 1 1 232
1987–88 Salford City Reds 17 4 0 0 16
1992–93 Sheffield Eagles 35 13 42
1993–95 Salford City Reds 33 12 0 0 48
Total 353 100 1 1 365
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1984–89 New South Wales

1984-85 [ City ] 1986-87 [ Country]

17 1 0 0 4
1984–88 Australia 22 11 0 0 44
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1993–95 Salford 61 29 2 30 48
Source: [2][3]

Club careerEdit

Jack commenced his first grade career with Western Suburbs Magpies in 1981. The following year he moved to Balmain Tigers where he played for the rest of his Australian first grade career.

His association with English rugby league began at the end of the 1986 Kangaroo tour when he stayed on to play for Salford before returning to the Tigers. He was member of the consecutive Balmain teams which fell at the final hurdle to firstly Canterbury-Bankstown in the 1988 Grand Final and then to Canberra in 1989.

1991 saw the departure of Warren Ryan as Balmain coach and the arrival of former Wallaby coach, Alan Jones. The years playing under Jones at Balmain were unhappy ones for Jack and eventually after he had left the club in 1992 and launched an attack on Jones’ ability as a coach following his ‘surprise’ reappointment for a third year.[5]

When his Australian club career ended having surpassed Keith Barnes' club record for first grade matches[citation needed], he returned to England to play his final season with the Sheffield Eagles.

Representative careerEdit

In the 1984 State of Origin series Jack made his New South Wales début and played in all three games of that year's series. He was thereafter the Blues' first choice fullback for the next six years, aside from the 1987 fourth game exhibition match in Los Angeles when he made himself unavailable, and game I of 1988 when Cronulla's Jonathon Docking was preferred.

Jack made 17 appearances for New South Wales in State of Origin series between 1984 and 1989.

In 1984, he also made his international début in the three match Ashes series against Great Britain. He played twenty successive Tests (nine versus Britain, seven against New Zealand and two each against France and Papua New Guinea) as well as the 1988 World Cup Final against New Zealand and the Bicentenary International against a Rest of the World team.

On the 1986 Kangaroo tour, Jack played in all six Tests and seven minor Tour matches. He became the first Australian fullback to score three tries in a Test against France in the second Test.[citation needed]

On 20 July 1988, Jack played for Australia in their record 62-point win over Papua New Guinea, scoring a try.[6] After Jack broke an arm in a 1989 pre-season match[citation needed] the door opened for his State of Origin rival Queenslander Gary Belcher who from that point was the favoured Australian representative for the fullback position.

Post playingEdit

Jack was appointed coach of English club Salford in July '93 but departed following their relegation from the top flight at the end of the 1994–95 Rugby Football League season.

Personal lifeEdit

Jack's sons Kieren and Brandon both played for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League.[7][8] Another son, Rhys Jack, played in the Bulldogs Toyota Cup (Under-20s) team and Balmain in the New South Wales Cup.


  1. ^ "NRL Hall of Fame player nominees announced for 2019". National Rugby League. 7 August 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  2. ^ NRL Stats[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ RLP
  4. ^ Bill Harrigan with Daniel Lane (2003). Harrigan: the referee in a league of his own. Australia: Hachette.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "O'Connor helps set Test records". The Age. 21 July 1988. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  7. ^ Richard Hinds (14 December 2005). "Jack of a new trade joins Swans". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 October 2008.
  8. ^


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