Michael Cook (rugby)

Michael Terrance Cook (born 23 April 1962) is a former Australian professional rugby union international, who also spent time playing professional rugby league.

Michael Cook
Birth nameMichael Terrance Cook
Date of birth(1962-04-23)23 April 1962
Place of birthCaulfield, Australia
SchoolSt. Joseph's College
Rugby league career
Position(s) Third row
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1989-91 Sydney Roosters 16 (8)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1978-1980 St. Joseph's College ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1980-1989 Queensland ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996-1988 Australia 11 (4)


Born in Caulfield, Cook grew up in Brisbane, where his family moved when he was around pre-school age;[1] Cook went to school at St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace, where he played inside centre in his age group teams. Cook played 88 matches for the school, including 24 for the First XV alongside future Australian players Michael Lynagh and Damian Frawley during Terrace's five-year premiership run between 1977 and 1981.[1] In 1979 Cook was selected in the Australian Schools team and played 2 schoolboys Tests against England Schools at Chatswood Oval in Sydney on 1 September 1979 and at Ballymore in Brisbane on 9 September 1979.[1] In 1980, Cook played for the Queensland representative team, which, since 1984, at 22 years, he represented also at international level: he played some matches for the state team, like the matches against the national teams of Fiji and Canada.[1]

In 1986, Cook debuted for the Wallabies in a test match against France, at Sydney: it was the first of 11 test matches until 1988, including the only match, played in the 1987 Rugby World Cup, won against Japan 42-23 in the first group, during which Cook broke an arm,[1] thus being unavailable for the rest of the competition.

In 1989 Cook became a professional player and moved to Rugby league, for Sydney Roosters; in three seasons of the Australian Rugby League, he collected 16 caps with two tries.

Currently, he works as a teacher in the Marist College Ashgrove.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Brave and Game Biographies : Michael Terrance Cook Archived 2012-02-25 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ ["Interviews". braveandgame.com.au. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2010.

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