Don Parish

Coaching Career

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Don William Parish
Sunday, 31st October, 1937
Current Age
85 years and 331 days


Dubbo fullback first came to the Wests Club in 1957 where he began his career with district club Wentworthville before playing several lower grade games with the Magpies. Returning to Dubbo Parish represented Country and NSW in 1959 before being a non-playing reserve in the Test series against NZ. An excellent goal-kicker Parish toured with the 1959-60 Kangaroos and played in 12 matches (no Tests) and scored 55pts (7t, 17g). Returning to Wests he played in the 1961 and 1963 grand final losses to St George but failed to land a goal in either match. Parish made his Test debut on the 1961 NZ tour and was the leading point-scorer with 58pts (4t, 23g). In the 12-10 First Test loss in Auckland he had the distinction of becoming the first Australian fullback to score a try in a Test match. In 1962 he played in Australia's First Test loss to Great Britain, which was his last international match. After a long career Parish left the Magpies and captain-coached Wollongong Wests during 1968-70 (premiers in 1969) before returning to the Magpies as coach from 1972-76. His time with Wests can be viewed as a success (finalists in 1974 with Parish named 'Coach of the Year') but his two years with Penrith (1977-78) were unfulfilling.

Coaching Career Statistics

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Competition   Games W L D Win %  
NRL 157 60 88 9 38.22% List
National Panasonic Cup 2 0 1 1 0.00% List
NRL Finals 3 2 1 0 66.67% List

Club Career


Team Season Games W L D Win %  
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1972 22 8 13 1 36.36% List
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1973 22 7 15 0 31.82% List
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1974 25 14 10 1 56.00% List
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1975 23 10 11 2 43.48% List
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1976 21 11 8 2 52.38% List
Penrith NSWRFL 1977 22 6 15 1 27.27% List
Penrith NSWRFL 1978 22 4 16 2 18.18% List


Team Years Games W L D Win %  
Western Suburbs 1972-76 113 50 57 6 44.25% List
Penrith 1977-78 44 10 31 3 22.73% List
Overall1972-1978 157 60 88 9 38.22% List

Your Say

neil says: A very exciting fullback in an era of great fullbacks. Injury plagued but a really classy player (07/08/2011)

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Contributions: Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson, Greg Fiveash, Rugby League Tables, Alan Katzmann, Bill Bates