Billy Smith

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Billy John Smith
Born
Sunday, 12th July, 1942
Current Age
75 years and 76 days
Place Of Birth
Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Harry Sunderland Medal
1966, 1967

Biography

Despite playing in the centres in St George's 1963-65 grand final wins, Billy Smith became one of the most talented and tenacious halfbacks in post-war rugby league. A St George junior, Smith was graded as a centre (he made one appearance in 1961 against Manly) before cementing a place in first grade in 1963. Dragons’ captain-coach Norm Provan moved Smith to halfback the following year and the diminutive tackler with blistering pace made his debut for NSW and Australia (against France). Twice-winner of the Harry Sunderland Medal for best Australian player in an Ashes series, he tempered his brilliant skills with a dash of rashness on and off the field. Smith played Tests against France (1964), NZ (1965 and 1967) and Great Britain (1966) before touring with the 1967-68 Kangaroos. After captaining NSW in 1967, the formidable halfback played in five of the six Tests on tour and savoured victory with Australia's World Cup team the following year. A smashed jaw in 1969 saw him miss most of the season's rep matches, but in the following year he played in two Tests against Great Britain and was named vice-captain of Australia's World Cup team. Smith captained Australia in the opening match against Great Britain (an 11-4 loss) and his toughness was an integral part of Australia's subsequent win in the final. While he did not play for Australia again, his club form in the early 1970s never wavered. His partnership with Graeme Langlands after the club's last grand final success (1966) will be remembered as one of the finest the game has seen. The two champions had an intuitive knowledge of what the other was about to do, but despite their efforts St George was beaten in the 1971 and 1975 grand finals. (Smith had one late taste of success in 1972 when he returned from injury and played in the club's premiership-winning Third Grade team). Smith finished his career in reserve grade in 1977 but not before passing Norm Provan's club record for grade games (296 games). He later coached lower grades with Cronulla with some notoriety.

- 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 1964-68, 1970 26 3 -   - 9 17 8 1 65.38% Match list
Overall 1964-1970 26 3 0   0 9 17 8 1 65.38% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1964-1970 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1970 1 0 0   0 1 0 0 100.00% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1964-1970 8 3 -   - 9 6 2 0 75.00% Match list
Overall 1968-1970 8 3 0   0 9 6 2 0 75.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1964-71, 1973 17 1 1   1 7 13 2 2 76.47% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1965-68, 1970 5 1 -   - 3 5 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1964-1973 22 2 1   1 10 18 2 2 81.82% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George NSWRFL 1963 ? 4 -   - 12  
St George NSWRFL 1964 ? 5 -   - 15  
St George NSWRFL 1965 ? 5 -   - 15  
St George NSWRFL 1966 ? 4 -   - 12  
St George NSWRFL 1967 ? 3 -   3 15  
St George NSWRFL 1968 ? 1 -   10 23  
St George NSWRFL 1969 ? - -   2 4  
St George NSWRFL 1970 ? 1 -   6 15  
St George NSWRFL 1971 ? 3 3   7 22  
St George NSWRFL 1972 ? 1 -   2 5  
St George NSWRFL 1973 ? 2 -   8 14  
St George NSWRFL 1974 ? - -   3 3  
St George NSWRFL 1975 ? - -   1 1  
St George NSWRFL 1976 ? 1 -   2 5  
St George NSWRFL 1977 ? - -   - -  
Overall 1963-1977 ? 30 3   44 161 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1963-77 ? 30 3   44 161 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1963-1977 ? 30 3   44 161 ? ? ? ?  

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1963-68, 1970-71, 1973, 1975-76 19 31 3   44 164 10 8 1 52.63% Match list
Overall 1963-1977 19 31 3   44 164 10 8 1 52.63% Match list

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