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Other Nationalities rugby league team

The Other Nationalities rugby league team regularly played international, and also county, rugby league football teams in Europe from 1904 to 1975. The team, created in 1904 to play England in the first ever rugby league international match,[1] was at first made up of Welsh and Scottish players. However, as rugby league in England grew, and more players from other countries were brought over to England to play in the domestic competitions, Other Nationalities were later represented by players from Australia, Fiji, Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa. The Other Nationalities team wore green shirts.

Other Nationalities
Team results
First game
 England 3–9 Other Nationalities
(Wigan, England; 5 April 1904)
Biggest win
 England 10–35 Other Nationalities
(Wigan, England; 11 April 1951)
Other Nationalities 30–5 Wales 
(Bradford, England; 7 October 1953)
Biggest defeat
Lancashire Lancashire 36–7 Other Nationalities
(St. Helens, England; 25 November 1975)

Two Scottish players featured in the first ever Rugby League test match, played in 1907 between a Northern Union representative XIII and a team of Other Nationalities, George Frater captaining the victorious Other Nationalities.[2] England were the most regular opponents for the Other Nationalities team, having played them 15 times. But in the 1950s, on entry to the European Nations Cup, they also played Wales and France. In 1964 Other Nationalities played their only match in the Southern Hemisphere in a one-off match vs Sydney Colts at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The match was played as a curtain-raiser to the Australia vs France 3rd Test and was arranged in order to boost the attendance due to France's poor form on tour. The team was made up of foreign players from the NSWRL competition that year plus two Frenchmen that missed selection in France's 3rd Test team. In 1965, Other Nationalities also played New Zealand in a Kiwi tour match at Crystal Palace, London. In 1974 and 1975 the team competed in the County Championship, facing Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Cumbria, twice each over both years.

Since 1975 the team became redundant, with Wales, Scotland and Ireland now having their own separate national teams and European-based New Zealanders now able to play for their country too. However, due to the success of the Australia's All Stars match between the Indigenous All Stars and the NRL All Stars, new England head coach Steve McNamara proposed a plan to revive the concept, under the name Exiles, in 2011 in a hope of providing England with a more challenging opposition in preparation of playing and staying competitive against nations like Australia and New Zealand after the 2010 thrashing of France 60–6 followed by England's poor results in the 2010 Four Nations Tournament.

Results (incomplete)Edit

Date Result Competition Venue Attendance
5 April 1904   England 3-9 Other Nationalities Friendly Central Park, Wigan 6,000
2 January 1905   England 26-11 Other Nationalities Friendly Park Avenue, Bradford 6,000
1 January 1906   England 3-3 Other Nationalities Friendly Central Park, Wigan 8,000
5 February 1921   England 33-16 Other Nationalities Friendly Lonsdale Park, Workington
15 October 1924   England 17-23 Other Nationalities Friendly Headingley, Leeds 3,000
4 February 1926   England 37-11 Other Nationalities Friendly Recreation Ground, Whitehaven 7,000
20 March 1929   England 27-20 Other Nationalities Friendly Headingley, Leeds 5,000
7 April 1930   England 19-35 Other Nationalities Friendly Thrum Hall, Halifax 2,000
1 October 1930   England 31-18 Other Nationalities Friendly Knowsley Road, St Helens 10,000
30 March 1933   England 34-27 Other Nationalities Friendly Lonsdale Park, Workington 11,000
19 September 1949   England 7-13 Other Nationalities 1949–50 European Rugby League Championship Derwent Park, Workington 17,500
22 October 1949   Wales 5-6 Other Nationalities 1949–50 European Rugby League Championship The Park, Abertillery 2,000
15 January 1950   France 8-3 Other Nationalities 1949–50 European Rugby League Championship Stade Vélodrome, Marseille 25,000
10 December 1950   France 16-3 Other Nationalities 1950–51 European Rugby League Championship Stade du Parc Lescure, Bordeaux 28,000
31 March 1951   Wales 21-27 Other Nationalities 1950–51 European Rugby League Championship St Helens Rugby Ground, Swansea 5,000
11 April 1951   England 10-35 Other Nationalities 1950–51 European Rugby League Championship Central Park, Wigan 17,000
3 November 1951 Other Nationalities 17-14   France 1951–52 European Rugby League Championship Craven Park, Hull 18,000
1 December 1951   Wales 11-22 Other Nationalities 1951–52 European Rugby League Championship The Park, Abertillery 3,386
23 April 1952   England 31-18 Other Nationalities 1951–52 European Rugby League Championship Central Park, Wigan 20,000
18 October 1952   England 12-31 Other Nationalities 1952–53 European Rugby League Championship Fartown Ground, Huddersfield 20,000
23 November 1952   France 10-29 Other Nationalities 1952–53 European Rugby League Championship Stade Vélodrome, Marseille 18,000
15 April 1953 Other Nationalities 16-18   Wales 1952–53 European Rugby League Championship Wilderspool, Warrington 8,449
7 October 1953 Other Nationalities 30-5   Wales 1953–54 European Rugby League Championship Odsal Stadium, Bradford 14,646
18 October 1953   France 15-10 Other Nationalities 1953–54 European Rugby League Championship Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux 12,000
28 November 1953   England 30-22 Other Nationalities 1953–54 European Rugby League Championship Central Park, Wigan 19,000
12 September 1955   England 33-16 Other Nationalities 1955–56 European Rugby League Championship Central Park, Wigan 18,234
19 October 1955 Other Nationalities 32-19   France 1955–56 European Rugby League Championship Hilton Park, Leigh 7,000
18 July 1964   Sydney Colts 25-16 Other Nationalities Curtain-raiser to Australia vs France 3rd Test Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 16,731
27 January 1965 Other Nationalities 2-19 St. Helens Friendly (switching-on of new floodlights) Knowsley Road, St Helens 15,000
18 August 1965 Other Nationalities 7-15   New Zealand Kiwi Tour Match Crystal Palace, London
11 September 1974   Lancashire 14-13 Other Nationalities County Championship The Willows, Salford 2,000
18 September 1974   Yorkshire 6-104 Other Nationalities County Championship Craven Park, Hull
25 September 1974   Cumbria ?-? Other Nationalities County Championship Recreation Ground, Whitehaven
25 November 1975   Lancashire 36-7 Other Nationalities County Championship Knowsley Road, St Helens 29,000
6 December 1975   Yorkshire 8-68 Other Nationalities County Championship Odsal Stadium, Bradford
20 December 1975   Cumbria 19-14 Other Nationalities County Championship Craven Park, Barrow-in-Furness

Player statistics (incomplete)Edit

Name Surname Club Nationality Games Tries Goals Drops Points
Trevor Allan Allan Leigh   AUS 4 3 0 0 9
Andrews 1 0 0 4
Vic Armbruster Armbruster Rochdale Hornets   AUS 1 0 0 3
Ambrose Baker 1924 Baker Oldham   WAL 1
David "Dave" Barends †† Barends Bradford Northern   SAF 2 0 0 8
Robert "Bob" Bartlett Bartlett (Bramley circa-1948) Leeds   AUS 1 0 0 4
Harry Bath Bath Warrington   AUS 10 1 20 0 44
John "Jack" R. Beames (№ 11/№ 12) circa-1913…22 Beames Halifax   WAL 1
Beattie 1 0 0 4
Brian Bevan (№ 2) circa-1951 Bevan Warrington   AUS 15 26 0 0 104
Neville Black Black Wigan / Keighley   NZ 3 1 0 0 4
David Booysen Booysen Wigan   SAF 1 0 0 4
Billy Boston Boston Wigan   WAL 3 0 0 12
P. J. Brady (№ 7) circa-1904 † Brady Huddersfield   WAL
Andrew Broatch Broatch Leeds   SCO ≥1
Lou Brown Brown Wigan   NZ 5 0 0 20
Herbert Buckler (№ 12) circa-1904 † Buckler Salford   WAL
Jeffrey "Jeff" Burke (№ 12) circa-1951 Burke Leigh   AUS
Joe Busch Busch Leeds   AUS 1 1 0 0 4
Anthony J./Antony J. "Tony" Cheshire Cheshire Bramley
Arthur Clues (№ 11) circa-1951 Clues Leeds / Hunslet   AUS 14 2 0 0 8
Gert Coetzer Coetzer Wakefield Trinity   SAF ≥1
Percy Coldrick circa-1921 Coldrick Wigan   WAL 1 0 0 0 0
Bert Cook Cook Leeds / Keighley / Dewsbury   NZ 0 3 0 6
Lionel Cooper (№ 5) circa-1951 Cooper Huddersfield   AUS 14 11 0 0 44
Kel Coslett Coslett St. Helens   WAL 1 0 2 0 4
Ronnie Cowan Cowan Leeds   SCO ≥1
Jack Daly Daly Huddersfield / Featherstone Rovers   IRE 7 1 0 0 4
Dan Davies Davies Swinton   WAL 1 2 0 0 8
Eli Davies circa-1904 † Davies Wigan   WAL
William Davies circa-1921 Davies Leeds   WAL 1 0 0 0
Jim Dechan circa-1905 Dechan Bradford   SCO? 1 0 0 4
Pat Devery (№ 4) circa-1951 Devery Huddersfield   AUS 11 3 19 0 50
Wyndham Emery Emery Leigh   WAL 1 0 0 0 0
Frank Evans Evans Swinton   WAL 2 1 0 0 4
Fielding Fielding Salford   WAL 1 0 0 4
Christopher "Chris" Forster Forster Bramley
Ike J. Fowler circa-1921 Fowler Batley   WAL
George Frater (№ 10) {c} circa-1904 † Frater Oldham   SCO
Bruce Gibbs circa-1975 Gibbs Workington Town   AUS
Bryn Goldswain 1955 Goldswain Oldham   WAL 1
Bernard Gould circa-1921 Gould Leeds   WAL 1 0 0 0 0
Gordon Gray Gray Huddersfield   SCO 1 0 0 4
Ben Gronow circa-1921 Gronow Huddersfield   WAL 1 1 5 0 13
Gomer Gunn circa-1905 Gunn Bradford   WAL 0 1 0 2
Trevor Hall [1] Hall St. Helens / Rochdale Hornets   NZ 1 0 0 4
Roy Hardgrave [2] Hardgrave St. Helens / York   NZ 1 0 0 4
Dai Harris circa-1904 † Harris Wigan   WAL 1 0 0 4
Harrison [3]? 2 0 0 8
Peter Henderson (№ 6) circa-1951 Henderson Huddersfield   NZ 4 0 0 16
Andrew Hogg Hogg Broughton   SCO
Johnny Hunter (№ 1) circa-1951 Hunter Huddersfield   AUS 8 0 0 0 0
Lou Hutt [4] Hutt St. Helens   NZ 1 0 0 4
John Isaac (№ 9) circa-1965 (ex-Swansea RFC) Isaac Swinton   WAL ≥1
Ronald James James Halifax   WAL ≥1
Francis Jarvis Jarvis Bradford Northern
Jenkins [5]?   WAL? 1 0 0 4
Sidney Jerram circa-1921 Jerram Wigan   WAL 1 0 0 0 0
Berwyn Jones Jones Wakefield Trinity   WAL ≥1
Lewis Jones Jones Leeds   WAL 2 1 9 0 21
Cec Kelly (№ 7) circa-1951 Kelly Rochdale Hornets 6 1 0 0 4
Robert "Bob" Kelly (№ 10/№ 11) circa-1955…56 Kelly Wakefield Trinity   IRE
Bill Kilpatrick 1930 Kilpatrick Oldham 1
Roy Kinnear Kinnear Wigan   SCO 3 3 0 0 12
Alex Laidlaw circa-1905 Laidlaw Bradford   SCO
David J. Lewis (№ 5) circa-1904 † Lewis Oldham   WAL
Gordon Lewis Lewis Leigh   WAL ≥1
Steve Llewellyn Llewellyn St. Helens   WAL 1 0 0 4
T. D. Llewellyn (№ 3) circa-1904 † Llewellyn Leeds   WAL
Tommy Lynch Lynch Halifax   NZ 4
Len Mason [6] Mason Wigan   NZ 4 1 0 0 4
Tom McKinney (№ 9) circa-1951 McKinney Salford   IRE 7 0 0 0 0
Bob McMaster [7] (№ 8) circa-1951 McMaster Leeds   AUS 6 0 0 0 0
Jim Mills Mills   WAL 1 0 0 4
Jim Moffatt (№ 9) circa-1904 † Moffatt Leeds   SCO
Glyn Moses [8] Moses Salford / St. Helens   WAL
Rex Mossop Mossop Leigh   AUS
Cecil Mountford Mountford Wigan   NZ
Johnny Mudge (№ 10) circa-1951 Mudge Workington Town   AUS 13 1 0 0 4
Andrew Murdison Murdison Halifax   SCO 1 0 0 4
Louis Neumann second-row, loose forward circa-1965 Neumann Leeds   SAF ≥1
Stan Owen Owen Rochdale Hornets   WAL ≥1
Tony Paskins (№ 3) circa-1951 Paskins Workington Town   AUS 11 2 0 0 8
Joe Phillips? Phillips Bradford Northern   NZ 0 13 0
Ray Price Price Warrington   WAL 2
Ron Pomering circa 1975 Pomering Bramley   AUS 3 0 0
Wick Powell circa-1921 Powell Rochdale Hornets   WAL 1 0 0 0 0
Ike Proctor Proctor   NZ 1 0 0 4
Liatia Ravouvou (№ 10) circa-1965 Ravouvou Rochdale Hornets   FIJ ≥1
Rees circa-1905 Bradford   WAL?
Dai Rees Rees Halifax   WAL 1
Jack Rhapps (№ 8) circa-1904 † Rhapps Salford   WAL
Johnny Robinson[3] Robinson York   NZ 3 0 0 12
Johnny Rogers circa-1921 Rogers Huddersfield   WAL 1 1 0 0 4
Brian Shillinglaw Shillinglaw Wigan   SCO ≥1
Dai Smith (№ 1) circa-1904 † Smith Salford   WAL
Frank Stephens 20 March 1929 Stephens Wigan   WAL 1
Jim Sullivan Sullivan Wigan   WAL 6 0 22 0 44
Dai Thomas (№ 11) circa-1904 † Thomas Oldham   WAL 1 0 0 4
D. Thomas (№ 2) circa-1904 † Thomas Salford   WAL 1 0 0 4
P. Thomas Thomas   WAL 1 0 0 4
Gwyn Thomas circa-1921 Thomas Huddersfield   WAL 1 0 0 0 0
Joe Thompson Thompson Leeds   WAL 5 1 0 0 4
G. M. John Thorley Thorley Halifax   WAL 2
Dave Valentine (№ 13) circa-1951 Valentine Huddersfield   SCO 16 2 0 0 8
Rob Valentine Valentine Keighley   SCO
Attie van Heerden van Heerden Wigan   SAF 2 0 0 8
Don Vines Vines Wakefield Trinity   WAL ≥1
Wallace   SCO? 0 0 1 1
White 1 0 0 4
H. Whitney circa-1921 Whitney Salford   WAL 1 0 0 0 0
Bryn Williams circa-1921 Williams Batley   WAL 1 0 0 0 0
Fred Willis circa-1921 Willis Batley   WAL
George Wilson Wilson Workington Town   SCO 1 0 0 4
Charlie Winslade Winslade Warrington   WAL ≥1

† 5 April 1904 match, against England, was a 12-a-side game.

†† Although originally from South Africa, David "Dave" Barends also represented Great Britain.


 
Harry Bath, born in Brisbane, Queensland, played for the Other Nationalities team whilst playing for Warrington. He kicked 20 goals, a tally that is second only to Jim Sullivan. He also scored 1 try to score 44 points overall. On returning to Australia he played for St George Dragons and coached the Australian national team, despite never playing for them.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The History Of Rugby League". Rugby League Information. napit.co.uk. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Scotland". rlwc2013.com. Rugby League International Federation. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Programme 'Yorkshire County Rugby League - Challenge Cup Final - 1957 - Huddersfield v. York'" (PDF). huddersfieldrlheritage.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.

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