Craig Young

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Craig Albert Young
Born
Monday, 25th June, 1956
Current Age
58 years and 122 days
Place Of Birth
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

1980
Dally M Prop Of The Year
1985
Dally M Prop Of The Year

Biography

A member of the undefeated Australian Schoolboys tour of England in 1972 Craig Young had a grounding in soccer as a youngster and was playing first grade soccer with Bellambi in the I’warra competition as a 16-year-old. (Young’s father represented Australia in the sport). Young played rugby league for Corrimal on the South Coast before coming to St George as a 20-year-old prop. Ear-marked for a great future by former Australian coach Harry Bath, Young was a key player in the Dragons team dubbed ‘Bath’s Babes’ that won the historic grand final replay in 1977. Young lived up to Bath’s prediction, playing in the first of 20 Test appearances in the Third Test against NZ in 1978. A Kangaroo tourist that year, he played in all five Tests in England and France and was named player of the tour. Lumbered with the uncomplimentary nickname of 'Albert' (as in 'Fat Albert'), Young defied the name with his bullock-like runs that exuded raw strength and determination. In 1979 he captained St George to the club’s 15th (and last) premiership title and led the Dragons stoically during much of the next decade. A regular fixture in Australia's 'engine room' he made his second Kangaroo Tour with the 1982 'Invincibles'. Young stepped down from Test duty after the series white-wash of Great Britain in 1984 and led St George into the grand final the following year, losing to C’bury by a bare point. His last success as captain was in the 1988 Panasonic Cup and he retired the following year, replacing Ted Glossop as coach of the club. Unfortunately, in the dog-eat-dog world of coaching, Young was replaced by Brian Smith in 1991. The father of promising hooker forward Dean Young, Craig ‘returned’ to rep football as team manager of the NSW Blues under coach Ricky Stuart in 2005.

- 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 1978-82, 1984 20 1 -   - 3 17 3 0 85.00% Match list
Overall 1978-1984 20 1 0   0 3 17 3 0 85.00% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1978 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1978 1 0 0   0 1 0 0 100.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Country Firsts 1976, 1984 2 - -   - - 0 2 0 0.00% Match list
NSW Firsts 1979-81 5 - -   - - 5 0 0 100.00% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1979-81 3 - -   - - 3 0 0 100.00% Match list
New South Wales 1980, 1982, 1984 5 - -   - - 1 4 0 20.00% Match list
Overall 1976-1984 15 0 0   0 9 6 0 60.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George NSWRFL 1977 ? - -   - -  
St George NSWRFL 1978 ? 2 -   - 6  
St George NSWRFL 1979 ? - -   - -  
St George NSWRFL 1980 22 - -   - - 14 6 2 63.64% Match list
St George NSWRFL 1981 13 1 -   - 3 6 7 0 46.15% Match list
St George NSWRFL 1982 24 1 -   - 3 11 11 2 45.83% Match list
St George NSWRFL 1983 16 - -   - - 7 8 1 43.75% Match list
St George NSWRL 1984 17 2 -   1 9 10 7 0 58.82% Match list
St George NSWRL 1985 25 2 -   - 8 18 5 2 72.00% Match list
St George NSWRL 1986 14 1 -   - 4 7 7 0 50.00% Match list
St George NSWRL 1987 23 - -   1 1 10 11 2 43.48% Match list
St George NSWRL 1988 17 2 -   - 8 7 10 0 41.18% Match list
Overall 1977-1988 ? 11 0   2 42 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1977-88 ? 11 -   2 42 ? ? ? ?  
St George 1980-88 171 9 -   2 36 90 72 9 52.63% Match list
Overall 1977-1988 ? 11 0   2 42 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1980, 1984-85 7 - -   - - 3 4 0 42.86% Match list
Overall 1980-1985 7 0 0   0 3 4 0 42.86% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1977, 1979-88 ? 11 -   2 42 ? ? ? ?  
St George 1980-1988 177 9 -   2 36 98 76 10 55.37% Match list
Overall 1977-1988 ? 11 0   2 42 ? ? ? ?  

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