Mark Harris

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Mark Walter Harris
Nickname(s)
Oscar
Born
Friday, 22nd August, 1947
Current Age
71 years and 85 days
Place Of Birth
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Biography

Looking at Mark Harris' career it is hard to believe that he played in just one Test, against NZ in 1972, although he did play in four World Cup campaigns during the decade (1970, 1972, 1975 & 77). A Brisbane Brothers junior Harris went to Papua New Guinea in 1968 where he spent two seasons with the Koni club. The son of Easts' stalwart 'Buster' Craigie organised a trial for Harris in 1970 and he represented NSW and Australia in his first year in Sydney. Emerging as one of the code's most destructive attacking players, he was almost lost to the game after playing in the Roosters’ 1972 grand final loss to Manly when he accepted an offer to trial for a gridiron contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Harris then played with the Montreal Allouettes in 1973, a move that cost him a place on the Kangaroo tour, and although successful in Canada he turned his back on the American game because he was only being used in the limited role of a long-range kicker. Returning to Australia, he played Easts’ grand final win in 1974, the club’s first premiership title in 29 years. In 1975 he was the season's leading try-scorer with 14 tries but a leg injury ruled him out of the grand final thrashing of St George. Harris ended his playing career in 1981 after two seasons with Norths but was later a member of the NRL Judiciary in 2000.

- 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 1970, 1972, 1975, 1977 11 6 -   - 18 7 2 2 63.64% Match list
Overall 1970-1977 11 6 0   0 18 7 2 2 63.64% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 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 1970, 1972, 1975, 1977 10 6 -   - 18 6 2 2 60.00% Match list
Overall 1970-1977 10 6 0   0 18 6 2 2 60.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1970-72, 1974-75, 1977-78 11 9 -   - 27 10 1 0 90.91% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1972-73, 1975, 1977 4 6 -   - 18 3 1 0 75.00% Match list
Overall 1970-1978 15 15 0   0 45 13 2 0 86.67% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1970 ? 3 2   - 13  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1971 ? 6 3   - 24  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1972 ? 15 1   - 47  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1973 ? 13 8   - 55  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1974 ? 8 3   - 30  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1975 ? 14 -   - 42  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1976 ? 7 -   - 21  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1977 ? 10 -   - 30  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1978 21 3 -   - 9 12 9 0 57.14% Match list
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1979 20 9 -   - 27 9 10 1 45.00% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1980 21 5 1   - 17 6 14 1 28.57% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1981 12 - 2   - 4 5 7 0 41.67% Match list
Overall 1970-1981 ? 93 20   0 319 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1970-79 ? 88 17   - 298 ? ? ? ?  
Eastern Suburbs 1978-79 41 12 -   - 36 21 19 1 51.22% Match list
North Sydney 1980-81 33 5 3   - 21 11 21 1 33.33% Match list
Overall 1970-1981 ? 93 20   0 319 ? ? ? ?  

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1970-79 ? 88 17   - 298 ? ? ? ?  
Eastern Suburbs 1978-1979 50 12 -   - 36 26 23 1 52.00% Match list
North Sydney 1980-81 33 5 3   - 21 11 21 1 33.33% Match list
Overall 1970-1981 ? 93 20   0 319 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

roy horrigan says: mark came to prominence at easts i believe about the same time as bill mullins.what a giant player for the opposition to handle.at the old sports ground one day he feigned to hit a player but was joking but the opposition player fell down anyway.who wouldnt.never realised how big he was until i was standing next to him one day at sydney airport.prodigious kicker of the ball. (02/04/2012)

E Curb Nottus says: Mark Harris was a man mountain who was a mercurial type of player - at his best devastating,
but much maligned by commentators (esp Rex Mossop) when his mistake rate soared as was regularly the case. Played in the centre by Easts to great effect, but curiously picked solely on the wing for Australia. This was a real misuse by the selectors as the sight of him charging at the (then quite small) English centres would have been a vision splendour.

Harris was a prodigious dropkicker of the ball. One drop-out from the goal-line, that I witnessed, reached the opposition's 20m line on the fly! (07/05/2012)

Glen Weir says: I was a friend of Marks back in Montreal Alouettes. I would love to say hi but do not know how. He was a great player in Canada he thought nothing could hurt him with all the equipement. Maybe some one could give him my Email and he could do with it whatever. Your Canadian Team Mate Glen (20/10/2013)

Bruce Carroll says: Marc (Marcus) actually played under 20 for Brothers St Brendans in Brisbane in 1964 and 1965. Both years we were beaten by Brothers in the Grand final. Please list him as playing for Brothers St Brendans in future. He also played under 14 for Souths Coopers Plains & Districts RLFC in 1958 and 1959. While he was very confident in his own ability he was never a lair and never got into any trouble off the field. It was great to have him in your team. (21/04/2014)

Murray Sherman says: Mark played at St peters College in his school days and was part of the 1963 premiership team . Mark was the ultimate sportsman and could have excelled at cricket or tennis . A brilliant kicker he was great in attack and well remembered by his school mates .. I think Mark played for Australia , about the same time as my cousin , Lloyd Weier , front rower , formerly of Goomeri , Queensland. (11/03/2018)

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