Billy Cann

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
William A Cann
Born
1882
Died
1958

Biography

Former RU three-quarter with Souths, Bill Cann was a member of the rebel NSW side that played the NZ ‘All Golds’ in 1907. Cann went on to become both an innovative player and long-serving administrator with Souths. A pioneer of lock forward play, he was also elected as the club's first committeeman in 1908 as well as Souths’ delegate to the NSWRL. Cann’s creativity in ‘loose’ play shaped the role of the lock in the professional code and he combined brilliantly with his backline. He took part in Australia’s inaugural Test series, against NZ in 1908, and was a member of the 1908-09 Kangaroos (8 matches, no Tests) and the 1911-12 ‘Australasian’ Kangaroos (18 matches, 3 Tests). Cann also played against NZ (1909) and England (1914) during his international career and although he missed Souths’ first premiership final because he was on tour, he later played an important part in the club’s title wins in 1909 and 1914. Following his retirement Cann was co-manager of the 1921-22 Kangaroos with Souths secretary George Ball - the only time that officials from the same club have been in charge of a touring team. Cann was later a Vice-President of the NSWRL during the 1950s.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1908-09, 1911-12, 1914 8 1 1   - 5 5 2 1 62.50% Match list
Overall 1908-1914 8 1 1   0 5 5 2 1 62.50% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1908-1909 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Australasia 1910 1 - -   - - 0 0 1 0.00% Match list
Overall 1909-1910 2 0 0   0 0 1 1 0.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1907-13 31 21 11   - 85 24 7 0 77.42% Match list
Metropolis 1912 1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1907-1913 32 22 11   0 88 25 7 0 78.13% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1908 5 6 -   - 18 4 1 0 80.00% Match list
South Sydney NSWRFL 1909 9 8 -   - 24 9 0 0 100.00% Match list
South Sydney NSWRFL 1910 9 5 3   - 21 7 2 0 77.78% Match list
South Sydney NSWRFL 1911 10 2 1   - 8 7 1 2 70.00% Match list
South Sydney NSWRFL 1912 7 3 -   - 9 4 3 0 57.14% Match list
South Sydney NSWRFL 1913 13 6 -   - 18 9 4 0 69.23% Match list
South Sydney NSWRFL 1914 9 2 -   - 6 6 2 1 66.67% Match list
South Sydney NSWRFL 1915 5 - -   - - 2 2 1 40.00% Match list
South Sydney NSWRFL 1916 4 - -   - - 3 1 0 75.00% Match list
Overall 1908-1916 ? 32 4   0 104 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1908-16 71 32 4   - 104 51 16 4 71.83% Match list
Overall 1908-1916 ? 32 4   0 104 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1908-1916 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 1909-1916 2 0 0   0 1 1 0 50.00% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1908-16 74 33 4   - 107 53 19 4 71.62% Match list
Overall 1908-1916 ? 33 4   0 107 ? ? ? ?  

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