Patrick Aloysius "Paddy" McCue (24 June 1883 – 10 September 1962) was an Australian representative rugby union player and pioneer rugby league footballer. He was a dual-code rugby international and an Olympic gold medallist.

Paddy McCue
Paddy McCue.jpg
Birth namePatrick Aloysius McCue[1][2]
Date of birth(1883-06-24)24 June 1883[1]
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
Date of death7 September 1962(1962-09-07) (aged 79)[1]
Place of deathCronulla, New South Wales
Rugby league career
Position(s) Second-row
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1910–16 Newtown 81 (116)
State of Origin
Years Team Apps (Points)
1911–12 New South Wales 2 (6)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1911–14 Australia 4 ((6))
Rugby union career
Position(s) lock[1]
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Newtown RUFC ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1907–08 Wallabies 4 (0)

Rugby union careerEdit

1908 Olympic Gold Final Wallabies v Cornwall.

A forward with the Newtown Rugby Union club in Sydney, McCue was selected on the first Wallaby tour of England in 1908–1909, the squad captained by Herbert Moran. That side competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics in London and McCue was a member of the Australia national rugby union team captained by Chris McKivat which won the gold medal. Paddy McCue also coached the St. George Rugby Union Club in the 1930s.[3]

Rugby league club careerEdit

Along with fourteen of his Olympic Wallaby teammates on his return to Australia he negotiated to take part in promotional matches against the Pioneer Kangaroos and was promptly banned from the amateur code by the Metropolitan Rugby Union. McCue and a number of the rebels joined the Newtown club in Sydney in 1910. They included gold medallist Wallabies John "Jumbo" Barnett and Charles "Boxer" Russell. He helped the club win premiership honours that year, playing at second-row forward in the 1910 NSWRFL season's final.

McCue played seven seasons with Newtown and after retiring as a player was assistant coach of the University club in its inaugural first grade season of 1920. He later returned to rugby union, coaching the University rugby union team in seasons 1926, 1927, 1932, 1935, 1942, 1943 and 1944.[4] Paddy McCue was the elder brother of Jim McCue, who also played with Newtown between 1911-1919.

In 2008, the centenary year of rugby league in Australia, McCue was named in the Newtown Jets 18-man team of the century.

Rugby league representative careerEdit

McCue was selected to represent New South Wales in 1911 and later led New South Wales as captain on the 1912-13 tour of New Zealand.

He was selected on the 1911–12 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain which was an Australasian squad including four New Zealanders. McCue made his international rugby league debut in the first Test of 1911 at Newcastle upon Tyne and played in all three Tests of the series, as well as in twenty other minor tour matches, scoring seven tries all told on the tour. His final international appearance was in the first test of the 1914 domestic Ashes series.

McCue back row 5th from left, with the 1908 Wallaby tour squad


  • Whiticker, Alan & Hudson, Glen (2006) The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players, Gavin Allen Publishing, Sydney
  • Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney


  1. ^ a b c d " player profile of Paddy McCue". Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  2. ^ other sources report his date of birth 1 June 1883
  3. ^ The Referee, Sydney (5/8/1937) "The Secrets of St. George's Revival"
  4. ^ "Patrick McCue, Lock, Wallaby #79". Historical Wallabies Player Profile. Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 23 October 2016.

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