Ray Higgs

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
1950
Place Of Birth
Roma, Queensland, Australia

Awards & Accolades

1976
RLW Player of the Year
1976
Rothmans Medal

Biography

Hard-as-nails Queensland forward (originally from Roma but representing Nambour) represented his state against Great Britain in 1974. The withdrawal of Souths forward Gary Stevens on the eve of the First Test in Brisbane catapulted Higgs into the Australian team. He then came to P’matta and although he did not play in another Test, starred in Australia's World Cup wins in 1975 and 1977. As captain of the Eels, Higgs led by example; a tough but fair second-row forward, he won the coveted Rothmans Medal in 1976. Captaining P’matta in consecutive grand final losses in 1976-77, Higgs was responsible for a courageous effort against Manly when he completed the match with a broken cheekbone. A valued defender, he made a club record 50 tackles in a match against C’bury at C’land Oval. However, after the club's loss in the 1977 grand final replay against St George, differences of opinion with coach Terry Fearnley saw him join Manly. (Author Neil Cadigan cites Fearnley's attempts to re-sign the club's former Test prop Bob O'Reilly for the 1978 season as the real reason for their split). Higgs returned to Queensland after an injury-plagued 1978 season and played against NSW in one of the two non-State-of-Origin matches in 1980.

- 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 1974-75, 1977 9 2 -   - 6 8 1 0 88.89% Match list
Overall 1974-1977 9 2 0   0 6 8 1 0 88.89% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1974-1975 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1975 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 1974-1977 8 2 -   - 6 7 1 0 87.50% Match list
Overall 1975-1977 8 2 0   0 6 7 1 0 87.50% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
QLD Firsts 1974, 1980 3 - -   - - 0 2 1 0.00% Match list
NSW Firsts 1975-77 7 - -   - - 6 1 0 85.71% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1975-77 3 1 -   - 3 2 1 0 66.67% Match list
Overall 1974-1980 13 1 0   0 3 8 4 1 61.54% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Parramatta NSWRFL 1975 ? 5 -   - 15  
Parramatta NSWRFL 1976 ? 4 -   - 12  
Parramatta NSWRFL 1977 ? 2 -   - 6  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1978 ? 1 -   - 3  
Overall 1975-1978 ? 12 0   0 36 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Parramatta 1975-77 ? 11 -   - 33 ? ? ? ?  
Manly Warringah 1978 ? - -   - - ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1975-1978 ? 12 0   0 36 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Sean Brennan says: Evening Ray. As a young boy growing up in Parramatta during the 70s spending Sunday afternoon at Cumberland Oval watching the mighty Eels go around gave me so much pleasure. I hope you and your family are all well, wish you all the best. (26/04/2011)

warren zwoerner says: Ray played a season for us at Eastern Suburbs in the Warwick and District Rugby league comp at the end of his career , early 80s. Tough as nails and a nice bloke. Hope you are well, mate. (25/10/2012)

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