Dick Poole (rugby league)

Dick Poole
Dick Poole 1954.jpeg
Personal information
Full nameHerbert Richard Poole
Born (1930-11-27) 27 November 1930 (age 88)
Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
PositionCentre, Wing, Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1950–58 Newtown 133 51 0 0 153
1959–60 Western Suburbs 31 8 0 0 24
Total 164 59 0 0 177
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1954–57 New South Wales 10 7 0 0 27
1955–57 Australia 13 5 0 0 15
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1955–58 Newtown 76 45 0 31 59
1966–68 Newtown 67 21 4 42 31
Total 143 66 4 73 46
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1957 Australia 3 3 0 0 100
As of 10 January 2016
Source: [1][2]

Herbert Richard "Dick" Poole (born 1930) is an Australian former rugby league footballer and coach. He was a centre for the Australian national team. He played in ten Tests and three World Cup games between 1955 and 1957, as captain on three occasions.


Poole was born in Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia.

Club career[]

Poole played junior football at the De La Salle school in Marrickville and then with the Earlwood Christian Youth Organisation before being graded with Newtown in 1949. Initially he played mainly in reserve grade with occasional first grade appearances up until 1952 when he established himself as a centre in the top grade.

He was captain-coach of Newtown in 1955 when they went down by one point to South Sydney in the Grand Final. He played for 133 games for Newtown over nine seasons till 1958, the last four seasons as captain-coach. In 1959 he moved to the Western Suburbs Magpies for his last two seasons.

Poole in action

Representative career[]

He first represented for New South Wales in 1954. Following his Kangaroo Tour appearances of 1957 he was selected as captain-coach of New South Wales in 1957.

He made his Australian Test debut in 1955 in the series against France after having initially been picked as a reserve for the squad. His last minute call up was for the third Test played in Sydney in July 1955. He was selected for the three Tests of 1956 against New Zealand and then for the 1956–57 Kangaroo Tour of England and France. He appeared in six Tests and 11 minor tour matches scoring 17 tries in all.

In 1957 he was a surprise selection as captain-coach ahead of the more experienced Ken Kearney in the squad for the World Cup tournament to be played in Australia. Poole's side included magnificent players such as Brian Carlson, Norm Provan, Kel O'Shea, Kearney and Brian Clay and they swept all before them. Poole enjoys a record of three times captaining his country for three victories.

Post playing[]

At the end of his playing career Poole returned to Newtown as coach from 1966–68. In 2008, the centenary year of rugby league in Australia, Poole was named in the Newtown Jets 18-man team of the century.

Matches played[]

Team Matches Years Points
Newtown 133 1950–58 168
Wests 31 1959–60 27
New South Wales 15 1954–1957 27
Australia (Tests & World Cup) 13 1955–1957 15


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Col Geelan
Newtown Jets

Succeeded by
Charles Cahill
Preceded by
Ken Kearney
Australian national rugby league captain
Succeeded by
Brian Davies
Preceded by
Allan Ellis
Newtown Jets

Succeeded by
Harry Bath