Jack Rayner

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Rupert John Rayner
Nickname(s)
Jack
Born
Monday, 11th April, 1921
Died
Saturday, 17th May, 2008 (Aged 87 years and 36 days)
Place Of Birth
Coraki, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Clive Churchill Medal
1955

Biography

One of the outstanding captains in the history of the code, Jack Rayner-led Souths teams won five premierships during the 1950s. Originally from Lismore, Rayner came to the club in 1946 on the recommendation of Eric Lewis, a staunch Souths clubman and 1937-38 Kangaroo, who spotted him playing for the Army while serving in New Guinea during the war. Rayner represented NSW in 1947 and earned the club captaincy with his tough brand of leadership from the front row. He made his Test debut in the First Test against NZ in 1948 but was a reserve in the Second Test in Brisbane. Rayner played in the first two Tests against Great Britain on the Kangaroo tour at the end of the year but his only other Test appearances were on the Australian Tour of NZ in 1949. However, it is his record as captain-coach of Souths for which he remains so highly regarded. A tough, no-nonsense detective, Rayner was able to harness the great talents in the club - Churchill, Moir, Hawick, Cowie, Purcell and Hammerton - to form the most successful era in the club’s history. After losing to St George in the 1949 grand final, Souths won premierships in 1950-51 before losing controversially to Wests in 1952. The Rabbitohs bounced back to win a hat trick of premierships in 1953-55, culminating in the amazing comeback win in 1955 after the club had been completely written off. Rayner retired at the end of 1957, feeling the affects of a knee injury, with a record five premiership titles in his 10 years as Souths captain (the last eight as captain-coach). Rayner returned to the game to coach P’matta between 1957and 1960 but remains a South Sydney and Australian rugby league legend.

- 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 1948-49 5 1 -   - 3 1 4 0 20.00% Match list
Overall 1948-1949 5 1 0   0 3 1 4 0 20.00% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1948 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1948 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 Firsts 1947-50, 1954 12 4 -   - 12 10 2 0 83.33% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1947-51, 1954 6 5 -   - 15 6 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1947-1954 18 9 0   0 27 16 2 0 88.89% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1946 ? - -   - -  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1947 ? 10 -   - 30  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1948 ? 3 -   - 9  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1949 ? 5 -   - 15  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1950 ? 5 -   - 15  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1951 ? 5 3   - 21  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1952 ? 5 1   - 17  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1953 ? 5 4   - 23  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1954 ? 6 -   - 18  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1955 ? 5 -   - 15  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1956 ? 10 -   - 30  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1957 ? - -   - -  
Overall 1946-1957 ? 59 8   0 193 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1946-57 ? 59 8   - 193 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1946-1957 ? 59 8   0 193 ? ? ? ?  

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1946-57 ? 59 8   - 193 ? ? ? ?  
South Sydney 1949, 1953 2 20 8   - 76 1 1 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 1946-1957 ? 59 8   0 193 ? ? ? ?  

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