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QRU Match No. 054 - First Queensland Wallabies Help Turn the Tide

Queenslanders are Remembering

QRU Match No. 054 - July 1, 1899

A week after the Wallabies’ first test match in Sydney, the touring British arrived in Queensland to begin their most extensive tour to-date, which included matches all the way up the coast to Rockhampton.

With selection for the second ever Wallabies test on the line the Reds side, buoyed by the return of key players, ran out to rapturous applause.

Queensland Representative Number 163, Arthur Corfe, “tall, raw-boned” son of Toowoomba Grammar Headmaster, broke the game open with his blistering speed in the first half, crossing for two tries, and aiding the side’s most prolific try scorer, Queensland Representative Number 134, William ‘Poley’ Evans to cross for his 17th and final try for Queensland.

Going into the half 11-0 up, Queensland had to hold off the shocked Brits, notably the "Welsh wizard", centre Gwynne Nichols, for another 40 minutes. Conceding only a try to Lions Captain Matthew Mullineux, Queensland delighted the crowded Exhibition Ground with a resounding win, 11-3.

I'd reckon his weight as eight-stun-eight,
And his height as five-foot-two,
With a face as plain as an eight-day clock
And a walk as brisk as a bantam-cock --
Game as a bantam, too,
Hard and wiry and full of steam,
That's the boss of the English Team,
Reverend Mullineux!

A.B. "Banjo" Patterson – The Reverand Mullineux

Queensland team that faced Great Britain - July 1, 1899

Jersey No. QRU No. Name
1 160 Tom 'Pudden' Colton
2 163 Arthur Corfe
3 151 Alfred 'Ginger' Colton
4 154 Sinon 'Sine' Boland
5 127 William 'Bill' Austin
6 159 Patrick 'Paddy' Carew
7 58 Charles Stewart Graham
8 139 William 'Dooee' Tanner
9 131 Austin Gralton
10 137 Ernest William 'Ernie' Currie
11 169 Thomas Ward
12 134 William 'Poley' Evans
13 145 Lew 'Bluey' Dixon
14 168 E.G. Kent
15 112 Robert Herman 'Bob' McCowan


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