Michael O'Connor

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Michael David O'Connor
Nickname(s)
Snoz
Born
Monday, 1st February, 1960
Current Age
54 years and 323 days
Place Of Birth
Nowra, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

1986
Dally M Centre Of The Year
1987
Dally M Centre Of The Year
1988
Dally M Centre Of The Year

Biography

Superb centre established a host of point-scoring records at international level. Originally from Canberra, Michael O’Connor toured with the Australian RU Schoolboys in 1977 (with Wally Lewis and the Ella brothers) and went on to play 13 Tests with the Wallabies. Playing for the Teachers-Norths RU club in Brisbane, O’Connor signed with St George in 1983 abut did not make his State of Origin debut until two years later. The week before his selection, O’Connor had his nose broken in a high tackle by Steve Mortimer in a club match (which contributed to his nickname ‘Snoz’) but then scored all 18 points (2t, 5g) in NSW’s win under Mortimer’s captaincy. O’Connor toured NZ with the Australian team in 1985 but did not make his Test debut until the following year. It is ironic that one of the game’s greatest centres played mostly winger during his Test career but O’Connor was such a brilliant individualist that the move proved a great success. Chosen for the Test series against NZ in 1986 he announced his decision to join Manly shortly before leaving with the Kangaroos. In the space of several weeks he scored record points totals against Papua New Guinea (22pts), Great Britain (22pts) and France (20pts). O’Connor dazzled English crowds with his pace, swerve and chip-kick; running in spectacular tries with effortless grace. He played in all Tests on the unbeaten tour and top-scored with 170pts (13t, 59g). In 1987 O’Connor scored 14pts (1t, 4g) in Manly’s 18-8 grand final win over Canberra, and in the Test match against Papua New Guinea in 1988 set an individual points record of 30pts (4t, 7g) in a Test (since bettered by Andrew Johns). In a busy Bicentennial year, he played in all three Tests against Great Britain and in the World Cup final in NZ. His last Test appearance was on the tour of NZ in 1989 (he ruled himself out of a second Kangaroo tour in 1990 because of a recurring hamstring injury). His last hurrah at State level was his magnificent sideline conversion to win the second match in Sydney in 1991. In the third match of the series he was involved in a ‘conflict of interest’ controversy after Mal Meninga broke O’Connor’s nose in a tackle. The NSWRL refused to cite the Australian Test captain (an Ashes series was coming up) and O’Connor had to settle with a personal apology from Meninga. At the end of the 1992 season, still producing his best as captain of the Sea Eagles, O’Connor announced his retirement. Forthright and articulate in his views on the game and the way that the ARL was running it, he acted as a recruitment officer for the proposed Super League competition in the early stages of 1995. In 1998 O’Connor was the Chief Executive of the Adelaide Rams when the club folded and after a brief period in administration with the Brisbane Broncos, he joined the ARU as a recruitment officer.

- 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 1986-90 18 17 65   - 198 16 2 0 88.89% Match list
Overall 1986-1990 18 17 65   0 198 16 2 0 88.89% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Rest Of The World 1988 1 1 4   - 12 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1988 1 1 4   0 12 0 1 0 0.00% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1986, 1988-90 9 9 36   - 108 8 1 0 88.89% Match list
Overall 1986-1990 9 9 36   0 108 8 1 0 88.89% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New South Wales 1985-91 19 11 42   1 129 9 10 0 47.37% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1985-86 2 1 10   - 24 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
NSW City 1987-88, 1990-91 4 3 9   - 30 4 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1985-1991 25 15 61   1 183 15 10 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 1983 21 14 -   2 58 11 9 1 52.38% Match list
St George NSWRL 1984 12 7 -   - 28 8 4 0 66.67% Match list
St George NSWRL 1985 21 6 81   3 189 17 2 2 80.95% Match list
St George NSWRL 1986 21 6 50 / 79 63.29% 4 128 10 10 1 47.62% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1987 21 11 39 / 51 76.47% - 122 15 5 1 71.43% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1988 19 17 65 / 101 64.36% - 198 14 5 0 73.68% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1989 15 3 32 / 47 68.09% - 76 6 8 1 40.00% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1990 21 7 29 / 52 55.77% 1 87 15 6 0 71.43% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1991 19 8 2 / 3 66.67% - 36 12 6 1 63.16% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1992 20 8 13 / 16 81.25% 1 59 10 9 1 50.00% Match list
Overall 1983-1992 ? 87 311   11 981 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1983-86 75 33 131   9 403 46 25 4 61.33% Match list
Manly Warringah 1987-92 115 54 180 / 270 66.67% 2 578 72 39 4 62.61% Match list
Overall 1983-1992 ? 87 311   11 981 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1983, 1985 4 - 5   2 12 2 2 0 50.00% Match list
Manly Warringah 1987-88, 1990-91 6 1 9   - 22 3 3 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 1983-1991 10 1 14   2 34 5 5 0 50.00% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1983-86 75 33 134   9 409 48 27 4 64.00% Match list
Manly Warringah 1987-92 116 54 181   2 580 75 43 4 64.66% Match list
Overall 1983-1992 ? 87 315   11 989 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St Helens Championship 1988/89 ? 6 6   - 36  
Overall 1988-1989 ? 7 7   0 42 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St Helens 1988-89 ? 7 7   - 42 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1988-1989 ? 7 7   0 42 ? ? ? ?  

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