Roy Bull

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Wednesday, 12th June, 1929
Died
Wednesday, 30th June, 2004 (Aged 75 years and 18 days)
Place Of Birth
Orange, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

National Rugby League Hall Of Fame
2008

Known Family Links

Son
Martin Bull

Biography

Powerful, tight-head prop was a non-stop worker for Manly and NSW before becoming the club's first international player. After making his first grade debut as a 17-year-old in 1947, Bull stood down from the 1948 season in order to mature physically. One-paced but an experienced scrummager, Bull’s Test career commenced with his selection on the Australian tour of NZ in 1949. A dual Kangaroo (1952-53 and 1956-57), he also played against NZ in 1953 and was a member of Australia's 1954 World Cup side. A keen surfer Bull was also a member of the Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club and was captain of the club’s boat crew. The raw-boned, bald-headed prop proved to be a key member of the great Manly sides of the 1950s but had the misfortune to play in three losing grand final sides (1951, 1957 & 1959) during his career. Captain-coach of Manly in 1953, he was judged to be NSW Player of the Year in 1955. On his retirement as a player after the then record number of matches for the club, he served as Manly club president (1978-87).

- 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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Competitions

Competition   App T G   FG Pts W L D Win %  
NRL 144 25 -   - 75 70 69 5 48.61% List
Interstate Matches 18 - -   - - 13 5 0 72.22% List
Tour Matches Australia 30 4 -   - 12 21 9 0 70.00% List
Test Series 22 1 -   - - 13 9 0 59.09% List
City vs Country Firsts 6 1 -   - 3 5 1 0 83.33% List
Tour Matches New South Wales Firsts 9 2 -   - 6 7 2 0 77.78% List
NRL Finals 10 4 -   - 12 5 5 0 50.00% List
The Ashes 6 1 -   - 6 3 3 0 50.00% List
Tour Matches Sydney Firsts 3 1 -   - 3 3 0 0 100.00% List
World Cup 3 1 -   - 3 1 2 0 33.33% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1949, 1952-57 25 2 -   - 6 14 11 0 56.00% List
Overall 1949-1957 25 2 0   0 6 14 11 0 56.00% List

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1949, 1954 3 - -   - - 3 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1949-1954 3 0 0   0 - 3 0 0 100.00% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1949-1954 3 1 -   - 3 1 2 0 33.33% List
Overall 1954 3 1 0   0 3 1 2 0 33.33% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW City Seconds 1949, 1951 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
NSW Firsts 1949-50, 1952-56 28 2 -   - 6 21 7 0 75.00% List
NSW City Firsts 1950, 1952-56 6 1 -   - 3 5 1 0 83.33% List
Sydney Firsts 1952-55 5 1 -   - 3 5 0 0 100.00% List
Possibles (AU) 1952 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1949-1956 42 4 0   0 12 34 8 0 80.95% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly NSWRFL 1947 5 - -   - - 0 5 0 0.00% List
Manly NSWRFL 1949 16 3 -   - 9 6 10 0 37.50% List
Manly NSWRFL 1950 17 2 -   - 6 5 12 0 29.41% List
Manly NSWRFL 1951 21 3 -   - 9 13 8 0 61.90% List
Manly NSWRFL 1952 10 3 -   - 9 9 1 0 90.00% List
Manly NSWRFL 1953 13 - -   - - 5 8 0 38.46% List
Manly NSWRFL 1954 7 4 -   - 12 3 4 0 42.86% List
Manly NSWRFL 1955 16 2 -   - 6 9 6 1 56.25% List
Manly NSWRFL 1956 15 1 -   - 3 6 6 3 40.00% List
Manly NSWRFL 1957 21 4 -   - 12 12 8 1 57.14% List
Manly NSWRFL 1958 ? - -   - -  
Manly NSWRFL 1959 ? 3 -   - 9  
Overall 1947-1959 ? 25 0   0 75 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly 1947, 1949-57 141 22 -   - 66 68 68 5 48.23% List
Overall 1947-1959 ? 25 0   0 75 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly 1947-1957 7 3 -   - 9 3 4 0 42.86% List
Overall 1951-1957 7 3 0   0 9 3 4 0 42.86% List

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly 1947, 1949-57, 1959 144 26 -   - 78 70 69 5 48.61% List
Overall 1947-1959 144 26 0   0 78 70 69 5 48.61% List

Your Say

Gordon Bull says: I remember a game at Jubillee Oval 1957 Manly played St. George(they won)
I was playing in St .George JRLFC at the time, he saw me after the match and gave me some coaching about my game , he was my cousin but we lived oppasite sides of the harbour and didnt catch up much but I always remember desert head as was affectionly called, he was a gentleman and the best sportsman I ever new always had time for my mates, even though we were Dragons RIP Gordon Bull (02/04/2015)

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