Les Cowie

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Career Stats & Summary

Served in World War II as a private with the Australian Infantry. He put his age up so as to get enlisted. He served in the Pacific Islands. He playes in the Service teams during the war.

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Les Gordon Cowie
Nickname(s)
Chicka
Born
Sunday, 17th May, 1925
Died
Thursday, 25th May, 1995 (Aged 70 years and 7 days)
Place Of Birth
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Biography

Rockhampton's 'Chicka' Cowie, who put his age up in order to join the Army in 1942, joined Souths after playing in the Service teams during the war. In 1948, the dynamic lock represented NSW and toured with the Kangaroos (scoring 10 tries in 20 minor games) but had to wait until the following year against NZ to make his Test debut. Arguably his greatest moment came against Great Britain in 1950 when he was a member of Australia’s Third Test team that recaptured the Ashes after 30 years. Souths also won the premiership that year and Cowie went on to play an integral role in the great Rabbitohs teams of the 1950s. A demon tackler and effective blind-side attacking player, Cowie played in the 1950 final, 1951 grand final and consecutive victories over Newtown in 1954-55. Despite his team losing, 36-33, his four tries in the 1956 final against Balmain was a reflection of his positional ability. His final Test match was against NZ in 1953 and when his playing career ended in 1958, the loyal clubman continued on as a Souths selector before progressing to the Australian selection panel in 1978.

- 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 1949-50, 1953 6 1 -   - 3 3 3 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 1949-1953 6 1 0   0 3 3 3 0 50.00% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1949 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 1948-51, 1953-54 10 1 -   - 3 7 3 0 70.00% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1948-49, 1951, 1954, 1956 5 4 -   - 12 5 0 0 100.00% Match list
Sydney Firsts 1951 1 - -   - - 0 0 1 0.00% Match list
Overall 1948-1956 16 5 0   0 15 12 3 1 75.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1947 ? 6 -   - 18  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1948 ? 3 -   - 9  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1949 ? 10 -   - 30  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1950 ? 6 -   - 18  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1951 ? 5 -   - 15  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1952 ? 9 -   - 27  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1953 ? 3 -   - 9  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1954 ? 10 -   - 30  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1955 ? 5 -   - 15  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1956 ? 9 -   - 27  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1957 ? - -   - -  
Overall 1947-1957 ? 66 0   0 198 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1947-57 ? 66 -   - 198 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1947-1957 ? 66 0   0 198 ? ? ? ?  

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1947-57 ? 66 -   - 198 ? ? ? ?  
South Sydney 1949-51, 1953-55, 1957 10 48 -   - 144 7 3 0 70.00% Match list
Overall 1947-1957 ? 66 0   0 198 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Anonymous says: What a fantastic player of the game of Rugby League.

A most humble and generous man. He gave his life back to the game of Rugby League.

A pity a few more of the current day players do not model their Rugby League careers on the gentlemen of this era. (18/03/2014)

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