Garry Jack

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Tuesday, 14th March, 1961
Current Age
58 years and 124 days

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Fullback Of The Year
1985, 1986, 1988
Dally M Representative Player Of The Year
1985
Golden Boot Award
1986

Biography

The 'Golden Boot' awarded to Garry Jack as the finest league player in the world in 1987 is a good measure of the standing he attained during his career. The dashing, snowy-haired fullback trialled with Wests on the recommendation of his Wests Wollongong coach Paul Sait in 1981 and, after playing the latter part of the season in first grade, he was signed by Balmain secretary Keith Barnes. Aggressive, fast and safe under pressure Jack was seen at his best running the ball back strongly and breaking the first line of defence. He made his State of Origin debut in 1984 and was selected in the three Test series against Great Britain. For the next four years Jack was the No.1 fullback in the world, missing only the First Test on the tour of NZ in 1985. Jack played in all nine Tests in 1986 (NZ, Papua New Guinea, GB and France on the Kangaroo tour) and was the first Australian fullback to score three tries in a Test (against France in the Second Test at Carcassonne). He stayed on to play for Salford after the tour but although he represented NSW and Australia in 1987 he stood down from the State of Origin match in Los Angeles. After playing in Australia's World Cup victory in NZ the following year Jack’s Test career suddenly ended. An unhappy State of Origin match in 1989 saw him announce his retirement from rep football, leaving the way for Canberra’s Gary Belcher to assume the role. After the disappointment of grand final losses in 1988-89 with the Tigers, Jack tried to regain his place in the rep teams but found the door firmly closed. Signing with Salford he was still in great form when he quit the Tigers at the end of 1992 having surpassed Keith Barnes' record for first grade matches (since surpassed by Ben Elias and Paul Sironen). Accepting a manager-coach position with Salford Jack was relieved of the coaching duties before being sacked as manager of the club in early 1995. He returned to the Tigers that year to play the final season of his career but was back in the news in 1999 when he sued former Manly forward Ian Roberts for injuries suffered after an altercation in a match in 1991.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1984-88 21 11 -   - 44 18 3 0 85.71% Match list
Overall 1984-1988 21 11 0   0 44 18 3 0 85.71% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1984-1988 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1988 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 1984-1988 8 5 -   - 20 6 2 0 75.00% Match list
Overall 1985-1988 8 5 0   0 20 6 2 0 75.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New South Wales 1984-89 17 1 -   - 4 7 10 0 41.18% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1984-85 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
NSW Country Firsts 1986 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
NSW Country 1987 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1984-1989 21 1 0   0 4 9 12 0 42.86% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1981 5 1 -   - 3 2 3 0 40.00% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1982 21 7 -   - 21 10 11 0 47.62% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1983 25 7 -   1 29 15 10 0 60.00% Match list
Balmain NSWRL 1984 20 8 -   - 32 10 10 0 50.00% Match list
Balmain NSWRL 1985 18 8 -   - 32 11 7 0 61.11% Match list
Balmain NSWRL 1986 24 10 -   - 40 14 10 0 58.33% Match list
Balmain NSWRL 1987 20 3 -   - 12 12 7 1 60.00% Match list
Balmain NSWRL 1988 23 4 -   - 16 16 7 0 69.57% Match list
Balmain NSWRL 1989 17 2 -   - 8 11 5 1 64.71% Match list
Balmain NSWRL 1990 19 4 1 / 1 100.00% - 18 13 6 0 68.42% Match list
Balmain NSWRL 1991 21 2 0 / 1 0.00% - 8 8 12 1 38.10% Match list
Balmain NSWRL 1992 22 3 -   - 12 10 11 1 45.45% Match list
Sydney Tigers ARL 1995 13 2 -   - 8 4 9 0 30.77% Match list
Overall 1981-1995 248 61 1   1 239 136 108 4 54.84% Match list

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Western Suburbs 1981 5 1 -   - 3 2 3 0 40.00% Match list
Balmain 1982-92, 1995 243 60 1   1 236 134 105 4 55.14% Match list
Overall 1981-1995 248 61 1   1 239 136 108 4 54.84% Match list

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1982-1990 15 2 -   - 8 7 8 0 46.67% Match list
Overall 1983-1990 15 2 0   0 8 7 8 0 46.67% Match list

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Salford Championship 1987/88 ? 2 -   - 8  
Sheffield Eagles Championship 1992/93 ? 5 1   - 22  
Salford Championship 1993/94 ? 10 -   - 40  
Overall 1987-1994 ? 20 1   0 82 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Salford 1987-88, 1993-94 ? 13 -   - 52 ? ? ? ?  
Sheffield Eagles 1992-93 ? 7 1   - 30 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1987-1994 ? 20 1   0 82 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

scott says: garry was the best fullback in rugby league in the b
80's and it was a great pleasure watching garry play the great sport (22/09/2012)

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