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Rugby League in History

Rugby League: Rugby League World Cup

Events in Sport

  • 1904-04-05 The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
  • 1908-04-20 Opening day of competition of the New South Wales Rugby League.
  • 1992-01-03 English club Wigan pays Widnes a world record rugby league transfer fee of £440,000 for Great Britain international winger Martin Offiah
  • 2009-03-14 Canterbury winger Hazem El Masri becomes highest point scorer in Australian Rugby League history; 33rd minute penalty in Bulldogs' 34-12 win over Manly at ANZ Stadium, Sydney takes him to 2,178; Andrew Johns, 2,176

Sports History

2014-10-05 Russell Crowe owned South Sydney Rabbitohs beat Canterbury Bulldogs, 30-6 to break 43 year drought and win National Rugby League (Australia) Premiership

  • 2018-08-01 Australian Rugby League's 'Immortals' tally moves to 13 as pre-War stars Dally Messenger, Frank Burge & Dave Brown along with latter day giants Norm Provan & Mal Meninga are added
  • 2019-04-12 Melbourne captain Cameron Smith becomes highest point scorer in Australian Rugby League history; 49th minute penalty in Storm's 18-12 win over North Queensland in Townsville takes him to 2,420; Hazem El Masri, 2,418

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1871-11-03 Albert Goldthorpe, English rugby league five eighth (RL pioneer; Hunslet 713 games), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 1943)

Victor Trumper

1877-11-02 Victor Trumper, Australian Cricket Batsman (48 Tests, top score 214; key figure foundation of rugby league in Australia), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 1915)

  • 1879-12-03 Albert Asher, New Zealand dual-code rugby union and rugby league winger (RU 11 caps; RL Australasia 2 Tests, NZ 1), born in Tauranga, New Zealand (d. 1965)
  • 1883-04-12 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league centre (9 Tests; NSW; Eastern Suburbs; ARL 'Immortal'; Dally M Medal) and rugby union utility (2 caps), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1959)
  • 1889-11-23 Harry Sunderland, Australian rugby league identity (d. 1964)
  • 1891-02-23 Harold Horder, Australian Rugby League player (d. 1978)
  • 1901-06-01 Tom Gorman, Australian rugby league centre and captain (10 Tests; Queensland 34 games), born in Charters Towers, Australia (d. 1978)
  • 1905-03-31 George Treweeke, Australian Rugby League second rower (Australia 7 Tests, South Sydney), born in Grahamstown, NSW
  • 1911-03-23 Augustus John "Gus" Risman, rugby league player
  • 1915-03-03 George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur
  • 1916-07-31 Verdun Scott, New Zealand cricket batsman, rugby league utility back (10 Tests; 1 cap), born in Devonport, Auckland (d. 1980)
  • 1924-06-24 Brian Bevan, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1991)
  • 1925-03-24 Puig Aubert, French rugby league footballer (d. 1994)
  • 1926-06-15 Basil Watts, English rugby league second rower (5 Tests Great Britain, 1 England; World Cup 1954; York RLFC), born in York, England (d. 2019)
  • 1927-01-21 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1985)
  • 1928-05-30 Glyn Moses, Welsh rugby league fullback (2 caps Wales. 9 Great Britain; Salford, St. Helens), born in Nant-y-Moel, Wales (d. 2021)
  • 1929-02-27 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (d. 2008)
  • 1929-09-27 Ken McCaffery, Australian rugby league centre (12 Tests; North Sydney; Queensland), broadcaster (9 Network) and administrator (North Sydney DRLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1929-10-01 Ken Arthurson, Australian rugby league halfback, coach, administrator (NSWRL, ARL, Manly-Warringah chairman), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1930-05-16 Brian Davies, Rugby League player, born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 2012)
  • 1930-07-30 Bobby Dimond, Australian rugby league winger (24 Tests; NSW, Western Suburbs), born in Dapto, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1930-11-20 Johnny Whiteley, English rugby league back rower (15 Tests GB, 1 England; Hull RLFC 417 games) and coach (GB, England, Hull RLFC, Hull KR), born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 2022)
  • 1931-12-18 Norm Provan, Australian rugby league second rower (14 Tests; St. George RLFC NSWRL Premiers 1956-66; 13th Immortal) and coach (St. George, Parramatta, Cronulla), born in Urana, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1932-12-26 Don Furner, Australian rugby league forward (1 Test) and coach (Australia 15 Tests; Eastern Suburbs, Canberra Raiders), born in Condobolin, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1933-03-20 Ian Walsh, Australian rugby league hooker, captain and coach (25 Tests; St. George), born in Bogan Gate, New South Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1934-01-12 Mick Sullivan, English rugby league footballer, born in Pudsey, England (d. 2016)
  • 1934-08-06 Billy Boston, Welsh rugby league footballer
  • 1935-01-24 Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer, born in St Helens, United Kingdom (d. 2008)
  • 1935-12-13 Arthur Summons, Australian rugby union fly-half (10 Tests; Gordon RFC) and rugby league five-eighth (9 Tests; Western Suburbs RLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1936-01-22 Noel Kelly, Australian rugby league hooker (25 Tests; Queensland, NSW, Western Suburbs) and coach (Western Suburbs, North Sydney), born in Ipswich, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1936-02-20 Tony Brown, Australian rugby league five-eighth (10 Tests; Newtown RLFC, Penrith RLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2022)
  • 1936-06-22 Dick Huddart, English rugby league second rower (16 Tests Great Britain; St. Helens, St. George), born in Flimby, Cumberland, England (d. 2021)
  • 1937-04-27 David Bolton, English rugby league five eighth (23 caps Great Britain; Wigan, Balmain) and coach (Parramatta), born in Wigan, England (d. 2021)
  • 1938-02-17 Alan Rees, Welsh rugby union fly-half (3 Tests; Maesteg RFC), rugby league five eighth (Leeds RLFC) and cricket all-rounder (Glamorgan CCC), born in Talbot, Wales (d. 2022)
  • 1938-12-04 Frank Myler, English rugby league stand-off (24 caps Great Britain, 1 England; Widnes, St. Helens) and coach (Widnes, Swinton, Oldham), born in Widnes, England (d. 2020)
  • 1938-12-28 John Gleeson, Australian rugby league five eighth (10 Tests; Queensland 25 games; Wynnum-Manly, Brothers RLFC), born in Chinchilla, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1939-04-12 Johnny Raper, Australian rugby league lock (33 Tests, 6 World Cup games; Newtown RLFC, St. George RLFC; Inaugural RL "Immortal") and coach (St. George, RLFC, Cronulla RLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2022)
  • 1939-05-12 Reg Gasnier, Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame centre and captain (36 Tests; 3 World Cups; St. George RLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2014)
  • 1940-04-25 Frank Foster, English rugby league lock (1 Test GB; Workington Town, Hull Kingston Rovers, Bradford Northern) and coach (Barrow, Whitehaven), born in Maryport, England (d. 2019)
  • 1940-04-26 Cliff Watson, English rugby league front rower (30 Tests GB, 4 England; St Helens 373 games, Cronulla-Sutherland), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1941-09-02 Graeme Langlands, Australian rugby league fullback, captain and coach (24 Tests; St. George RLFC; ARL "Immortal"), born in Wollongong, Australia (d. 2018)
  • 1942-07-12 Billy Smith, Australian rugby league halfback (26 Tests; St. George), born in Fremantle, Western Australia
  • 1942-08-15 Gary Woollard, New Zealand rugby league five eighth (10 Tests; Wellington), born in Waiuku, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • 1945-08-02 Eric Simms, Australian rugby league fullback (8 Tests; NSWRL points record [1,841] stood until 1983; South Sydney), born in Karuah, Australia
  • 1945-09-23 Ray Batten, English rugby league back-rower (Great Britain 3, England 3 Tests; Leeds 434 games) and coach (Wakefield Trinity), born in York, England (d. 2020)
  • 1946-10-08 Brian Lockwood, English rugby league utility forward (16 Tests GB, 3 England; Castleford, Canterbury-Bankstown, Balmain, Wakefield Trinity, Hull KR), born in Oldham, England
  • 1946-10-31 Ged Dunn, English rugby league winger (8 Tests; Hull KIngston Rovers 301 games), born in Redcar, England (d. 2021)
  • 1947-12-01 Bob Fulton, Australian rugby league five eighth (35 Tests; Manly, Warrington, Easts; RL Immortal) and coach (39 Tests Australia; Manly, Easts), born in Warrington, England (d. 2021)
  • 1947-12-01 Dennis Ward, Australian rugby league halfback (6 Tests; Canterbury- Bankstown RLFC, Manly RLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1948-04-12 Bill Ashurst, English rugby league second rower (3 Tests GB; Wigan, Penrith RLFC, Wakefield Trinity), born in Ince-in-Makerfield, England (d. 2022)
  • 1948-07-13 Michel Maïque, French rugby league second rower (8 Tests; FC Lézignan) and politician (Mayor of Lézignan-Corbières 2014-20), born in Aude, France (d. 2021)
  • 1948-10-06 Tim Pickup, Australian rugby league five eighth (11 Tests; North Sydney, Canterbury), RL executive (Adelaide Rams) and boxing manager (Jeff Harding), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1949-03-04 Jeff Grayshon MBE, English rugby league utility (England 11 caps; GB 13 caps; Dewsbury, Cronulla-Sutherland, Bradford Northern, Leeds, Featherstone Rovers, Batley), born in Birstall, England (d. 2021)
  • 1950-01-01 Wayne Bennett, Australian rugby league coach (Australia 1998, 2004-05; England & Great Britain 2019; Brisbane Broncos, St. George, South Sydney), born in Allora, Australia
  • 1950-03-28 John Whittaker, New Zealand rugby league utility back (26 Tests; Wellington; Warrington), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1950-04-13 Tommy Raudonikis, Australian rugby league halfback (20 Tests; Rothmans Medal 1972; Wests, Newtown) and coach (Wests, NSW), born in Bathurst, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1950-10-17 Eric Hughes, English rugby league utility back (10 Tests England, 8 Great Britain; Widnes 481 games), born in Prescot district, England (d. 2020)
  • 1951-04-11 Glyn Shaw, Welsh rugby union prop (12 caps; Neath RFC), and rugby league prop (7 caps Wales, 1 GB; Widnes RLFC, Wigan RLFC), born in Rhigos, Wales (d. 2022)
  • 1951-06-28 Mick Cronin, Australian rugby league centre (33 Tests; NSW 25 games; Parramatta RLFC 216 games), and coach (Parramatta RLFC 1990-93), born in Kiama, Australia
  • 1952-12-01 Les Dyl, English rugby league utility back (11 caps Great Britain, 13 England; Leeds RLFC, Bramley RLFC), born in Castleford, England (d. 2022)
  • 1954-11-20 Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league centre (24 Tests; NSW; Cronulla-Sutherland), born in Gold Coast, Australia (d. 2006)
  • 1957-01-05 Kevin Hastings, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Surry Hills, Australia
  • 1957-04-23 Olsen Filipaina, New Zealand rugby league five eighth (28 Tests; Auckland RL, Balmain RLFC, Eastern Suburbs RLFC, North Sydney DRLFC), born in Kaikohe, New Zealand (d. 2022)
  • 1958-06-17 Des Drummond, Jamaican rugby league winner (24 Tests Great Britain, 4 England; Leigh RLFC, Warrington RLFC), born in Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica (d. 2022)
  • 1958-12-03 David Stephenson, English rugby league outside back (10 caps Great Britain; Wigan RLFC, Salford RLFC), born in Lytham St Annes, England (d. 2022)
  • 1959-12-01 Wally Lewis, Australian rugby league five eighth, coach and broadcaster (34 Tests; Queensland 38 games; RL Immortal), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1961-03-27 Ellery Hanley, British rugby league player, born in Leeds
  • 1962-12-04 Gary Freeman MNZM, New Zealand rugby league halfback, captain and coach (45 Tests; coach 3 games; Dally M Medal 1992), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1963-12-04 Nigel Heslop, English rugby union and rugby league wing (10 caps RU; Orrell RUFC, Liverpool St Helens; Oldham RLFC), born in West Hartlepool, England
  • 1964-01-29 John Gallagher, New Zealand rugby union fullback (18 Tests; World Cup 1987; Wellington), born in London, England
  • 1965-07-01 Gary Schofield, British Rugby League five-eighth (Great Britain 46, England 3 caps), born in Leeds, England
  • 1965-12-02 Shane Flanagan, Australian rugby league coach (Cronulla Sutherland Sharks NRL premiers 2016), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1966-12-29 Martin Offiah MBE, English rugby league winger (33 Tests GB, 5 England; 3rd on all-time try scoring list), born in London, England
  • 1967-03-26 Mark Carroll, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1968-12-07 Mark Geyer, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Granville, Australia
  • 1969-09-04 Va'aiga Tuigamala, Samoan rugby union centre/winger (19 Tests NZ, 23 Samoa; Newcastle Falcons, Auckland RU) and rugby league (2 Tests, Samoa; Wigan Warriors), born in Faleasiu, Western Samoa (d. 2022)
  • 1969-10-20 Laurie Daley, Australian rugby league footballer (Canberra Raider), born in Junee, Australia
  • 1971-08-10 Paul Newlove, rugby league player
  • 1973-07-27 Gorden Tallis, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Townsville, Queensland, Australia
  • 1973-12-04 Steven Menzies, Australian rugby league lock (13 Tests; NSW 20 games; Manly Sea Eagles), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1974-05-11 Stanley Gene, Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer
  • 1974-05-19 Andrew Johns, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1974-07-16 Wendell Sailor, Australian rugby league winger (16 Tests; Brisbane Broncos, St. George RLFC) and rugby union wing (37 Tests, Queensland Reds), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1975-05-30 Andrew Farrell, English rugby league and union footballer
  • 1975-09-05 Matt Geyer, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Blacktown, Sydney, Australia
  • 1976-02-01 Mat Rogers, Australian rugby league winger (11 Tests, Cronulla Sharks) and rugby union utility back (45 caps; NSW Waratahs), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1976-04-01 Hazem El Masri, Australian rugby league winger (Canterbury Bulldogs; NRL career point scoring record 2,418 points, 317 games; 159 tries, 891/1087 goals @ 81.97%), born in Tripoli, Lebanon
  • 1976-05-28 Glenn Morrison, Rugby League Player
  • 1977-03-24 Darren Lockyer, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1977-09-22 Paul Sculthorpe, English rugby league footballer (St Helens, 2x Man of Steel Award), born in Burnley, England
  • 1977-11-18 Trent Barrett, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1977-12-28 Shane Elford, Australian rugby league player, born in Penrith, Australia
  • 1978-02-12 Brett Hodgson, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Liverpool, Australia
  • 1979-05-04 Lesley Vainikolo, Tongan born rugby union and rugby league player, born in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
  • 1979-09-26 Fuifui Moimoi, New Zealand (Tongan) rugby league footballer, born in Nuku'alofa, Tonga
  • 1979-09-27 Steve Simpson, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1979-12-08 Daniel Fitzhenry, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Macksville, Australia
  • 1980-02-29 Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league centre (22 Tests; Auckland Warriors, Leeds Rhinos), born in Stratford, New Zealand
  • 1980-04-15 Willie Mason, Australian Rugby League Player
  • 1980-10-16 Timana Tahu, Australian Rugby League player

Deaths in Sport

Victor Trumper

1915-06-28 Victor Trumper, Australian Cricket Batsman (48 Tests, top score 214; key figure foundation of rugby league in Australia), dies of Bright's disease at 37

  • 1943-01-08 Albert Goldthorpe, English rugby league five eighth (RL pioneer; Hunslet 713 games), dies at 71
  • 1959-11-24 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league centre (9 Tests; NSW; Eastern Suburbs; ARL 'Immortal'; Dally M Medal) and rugby union utility (2 caps), dies from heart failure at 76
  • 1965-01-08 Albert Asher, New Zealand dual-code rugby union and rugby league winger (RU 11 caps; RL Australasia 2 Tests, NZ 1), dies at 85
  • 1978-06-22 Tom Gorman, Australian rugby league centre and captain (10 Tests; Queensland 34 games), dies at 77
  • 1980-08-02 Verdun Scott, New Zealand cricket batsman, rugby league utility back (10 Tests; 1 cap), dies at 64
  • 1985-08-09 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1927)
  • 1991-10-28 George Treweeke, Australian Rugby League second rower (7 Tests, South Sydney), dies at 86
  • 1994-10-17 Augustus John "Gus" Risman, rugby League Player, dies at 83
  • 1996-08-20 George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur, dies at 81
  • 2006-01-03 Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league centre (24 Tests; NSW; Cronulla-Sutherland), dies after swallowing combination of prescription drugs and alcohol at 51
  • 2006-08-15 Rick Bourke, Australian rugby league player
  • 2007-11-19 Mike Gregory, English rugby league footballer, dies from progressive muscular atrophy at 43
  • 2008-03-20 Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (b. 1935)
  • 2008-05-09 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer & coach, dies at 79
  • 2012-11-14 Brian Davies, Australia Rugby League player, dies at 82
  • 2013-04-04 Ian Walsh, Australian rugby league hooker, captain, coach (25 Tests; St. George), dies at 80
  • 2014-05-11 Reg Gasnier, Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame centre and captain (36 Tests; 3 World Cups; St. George RLFC), dies at 74
  • 2018-01-20 Graeme Langlands, Australian rugby league fullback, captain and coach (24 Tests; St. George RLFC; ARL "Immortal"), dies from dementia and Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • 2018-05-02 Cliff Watson, English rugby league front rower (30 Tests GB, 4 England; St Helens 373 games, Cronulla-Sutherland), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2019-12-20 Frank Foster, English rugby league lock (1 Test GB; Workington Town, Hull Kingston Rovers, Bradford Northern) and coach (Barrow, Whitehaven), dies at 79
  • 2019-12-30 Johnny Ward, English rugby league hooker (4 Tests Great Britain, 3 England; Castleford 262 games), dies at 78
  • 2019-12-31 Basil Watts, English rugby league second rower (5 Tests Great Britain, 1 England; World Cup 1954; York RLFC), dies at 93
  • 2020-02-24 Don Furner, Australian rugby league forward (1 Test) and coach (Australia 15 Tests; Eastern Suburbs, Canberra Raiders), dies at 87
  • 2020-03-27 Frank Myler, English rugby league stand-off (24 caps Great Britain, 1 England; Widnes, St. Helens) and coach (Widnes, Swinton, Oldham), dies at 81
  • 2020-05-16 Arthur Summons, Australian rugby union fly-half (10 Tests; Gordon RFC) and rugby league five-eighth (9 Tests; Western Suburbs RLFC), dies at 84
  • 2020-05-30 Bobby Dimond, Australian rugby league winger (24 Tests; NSW, Western Suburbs), dies at 89
  • 2020-06-14 Noel Kelly, Australian rugby league hooker (25 Tests; Queensland, NSW, Western Suburbs) and coach (Western Suburbs, North Sydney), dies from a stroke at 84
  • 2020-08-13 Eric Hughes, English rugby league utility back (10 Tests England, 8 Great Britain; Widnes 481 games), dies from cancer at 73
  • 2020-09-23 Ray Batten, English rugby league back-rower (Great Britain 3, England 3 Tests; Leeds 434 games) and coach (Wakefield Trinity), dies at 75
  • 2020-09-29 John Whittaker, New Zealand rugby league utility back (26 Tests; Wellington; Warrington), dies from cancer at 70
  • 2021-01-21 David Bolton, English rugby league five eighth (23 caps Great Britain; Wigan, Balmain) and coach (Parramatta), dies at 83
  • 2021-02-06 Ken McCaffery, Australian rugby league centre (12 Tests; North Sydney; Queensland), broadcaster (9 Network) and administrator (North Sydney DRLFC), dies at 91
  • 2021-03-21 Jeff Grayshon MBE, English rugby league utility (England 11 caps; GB 13 caps; Dewsbury, Cronulla-Sutherland, Bradford Northern, Leeds, Featherstone Rovers, Batley), dies at 72
  • 2021-04-07 Tommy Raudonikis, Australian rugby league halfback (20 Tests; Rothmans Medal 1972; Wests, Newtown) and coach (Wests, NSW), dies from cancer at 70
  • 2021-05-23 Bob Fulton, Australian rugby league five eighth (35 Tests; Manly, Warrington, Easts; RL Immortal) and coach (39 Tests Australia; Manly, Easts), dies from cancer at 73
  • 2021-06-07 Tim Pickup, Australian rugby league five eighth (11 Tests; North Sydney, Canterbury), RL executive (Adelaide Rams) and boxing manager (Jeff Harding), dies from dementia at 72
  • 2021-08-02 Ged Dunn, English rugby league winger (8 Tests; Hull KIngston Rovers 301 games), dies at 74
  • 2021-08-11 Dick Huddart, English rugby league second rower (16 Tests Great Britain; St. Helens, St. George), dies at 85
  • 2021-08-15 Gary Woollard, New Zealand rugby league five eighth (10 Tests; Wellington), dies at 79
  • 2021-09-12 Michel Maïque, French rugby league second rower (8 Tests; FC Lézignan) and politician (Mayor of Lézignan-Corbières 2014-20), dies from acute pancreatitis at 73
  • 2021-09-29 Glyn Moses, Welsh rugby league fullback (2 caps Wales. 9 Great Britain; Salford, St. Helens), dies at 93
  • 2021-10-13 Norm Provan, Australian rugby league second rower (14 Tests; St. George RLFC NSWRL Premiers 1956-66; 13th Immortal) and coach (St. George, Parramatta, Cronulla), dies at 89
  • 2021-12-11 Dennis Ward, Australian rugby league halfback (6 Tests; Canterbury- Bankstown RLFC, Manly RLFC), dies at 74
  • 2021-12-25 John Gleeson, Australian rugby league five eighth (10 Tests; Queensland 25 games; Wynnum-Manly, Brothers RLFC), dies at 82
  • 2022-01-29 Des Drummond, Jamaican rugby league winner (24 Tests Great Britain, 4 England; Leigh RLFC, Warrington RLFC), dies at 63
  • 2022-02-09 Johnny Raper, Australian rugby league lock (33 Tests, 6 World Cup games; Newtown RLFC, St. George RLFC; Inaugural RL "Immortal") and coach (St. George, RLFC, Cronulla RLFC), dies from dementia at 82
  • 2022-02-10 Olsen Filipaina, New Zealand rugby league five eighth (28 Tests; Auckland RL, Balmain RLFC, Eastern Suburbs RLFC, North Sydney DRLFC), dies from kidney failure at 64
  • 2022-02-13 Johnny Whiteley, English rugby league back rower (15 Tests GB, 1 England; Hull RLFC 417 games) and coach (GB, England, Hull RLFC, Hull KR), dies at 91
  • 2022-02-24 Va'aiga Tuigamala, Samoan rugby union centre/winger (19 Tests NZ, 23 Samoa; Newcastle Falcons, Auckland RU) and rugby league (2 Tests, Samoa; Wigan Warriors), dies from diabetes at 52
  • 2022-03-15 David Stephenson, English rugby league outside back (10 caps Great Britain; Wigan RLFC, Salford RLFC), dies at 63
  • 2022-03-17 Alan Rees, Welsh rugby union fly-half (3 Tests; Maesteg RFC), rugby league five eighth (Leeds RLFC) and cricket all-rounder (Glamorgan CCC), dies at 84
  • 2022-04-15 Tony Brown, Australian rugby league five-eighth (10 Tests; Newtown RLFC, Penrith RLFC), dies at 86
  • 2022-05-10 Glyn Shaw, Welsh rugby union prop (12 caps; Neath RFC), and rugby league prop (7 caps Wales, 1 GB; Widnes RLFC, Wigan RLFC), dies at 71
  • 2022-05-22 Les Dyl, English rugby league utility back (11 caps Great Britain, 13 England; Leeds RLFC, Bramley RLFC), dies at 69
  • 2022-06-14 Bill Ashurst, English rugby league second rower (3 Tests GB; Wigan, Penrith RLFC, Wakefield Trinity), dies at 74
  • 2022-07-20 Phil Jackson, English rugby league inside back (29 Tests GB, 1 England; World Cup 1954, 57 GB 6 games; Barrow RLFC), dies at 90