Bobby 'Bugs' Bugden

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Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Robert Alfred Bugden
Nickname(s)
Bugs
Born
Tuesday, 25th February, 1936
Died
Thursday, 2nd November, 2023 (Aged 87 years and 250 days)
Place Of Birth
Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia

Biography

Resilient St George halfback, originally from Murwillumbah, played in six grand final wins (1956-61) with the premier club. Bugden represented NSW against NZ in 1959 before touring with the 1959-60 Kangaroos and playing in two Tests against France. He played one game for NSW in 1960 before representing Australia in the World Cup competition against France and in two minor matches. In 1962 Bugden followed his coach Ken Kearney to P’matta. The little halfback gave great service for the club, playing in the team that defeated South Africa in 1963 before making his final rep appearances for NSW against France and Queensland in 1964.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing 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   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NRL Finals 23 9 5   - 37 14 9 0 60.87% List
NRL 209 72 33   - 282 157 47 5 75.12% List
Country Carnival 3 3 -   - 9 3 0 0 100.00% List
Tour Matches NSW Colts 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
City vs Country Firsts 3 1 2   - 7 2 1 0 66.67% List
Tour Matches New South Wales Firsts 2 2 -   - 6 1 1 0 50.00% List
Interstate Matches 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
Test Series 2 4 -   - 12 1 1 0 50.00% List
Tour Matches Australia 2 4 -   - 12 1 1 0 50.00% List
Craven Mild Cup 13 3 11   - 31 7 6 0 53.85% List
Tour Matches Parramatta Eels 1 - 4   - 8 1 0 0 100.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1960 2 4 -   - 12 1 1 0 50.00% List

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1960 1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Metropolis 1957 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
NSW City Seconds 1957, 1960 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
NSW Colts 1958 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
NSW Firsts 1959-60, 1964 4 2 -   - 6 3 1 0 75.00% List
NSW City Firsts 1959, 1961, 1964 3 1 2   - 7 2 1 0 66.67% List
Overall1957-1964 11 3 2   0 13 8 3 0 72.73% List


Club Career

NRL/NSWRL - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George NSWRFL 1954 2 1 -   - 3 1 1 0 50.00% List
St George NSWRFL 1955 20 7 -   - 21 14 6 0 70.00% List
St George NSWRFL 1956 20 7 -   - 21 15 4 1 75.00% List
St George NSWRFL 1957 19 4 -   - 12 16 3 0 84.21% List
St George NSWRFL 1958 20 9 -   - 27 17 3 0 85.00% List
St George NSWRFL 1959 19 16 -   - 48 18 0 1 94.74% List
St George NSWRFL 1960 19 7 -   - 21 16 3 0 84.21% List
St George NSWRFL 1961 16 6 -   - 18 14 2 0 87.50% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1962 18 3 9   - 27 9 7 2 50.00% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1963 20 - 15   - 30 12 8 0 60.00% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1964 20 8 9   - 42 14 6 0 70.00% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1965 16 4 -   - 12 11 4 1 68.75% List

NRL/NSWRL - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1954-61 135 57 -   - 171 111 22 2 82.22% List
Parramatta 1962-65 74 15 33   - 111 46 25 3 62.16% List
Overall1954-1965 209 72 33   0 282 157 47 5 75.12% List

Your Say

  • Anonymous
    17/10/2021

    In which rain-sodden match/year @SCG did Bobby score score the sole try in Dragons defeat of Magpies 5-0? Thank you.

  • Geoff Thomas
    22/02/2023

    A great halfback for the Dragons late 50’s early 60’s. Fast and elusive and a strong defender

  • Tim Fraser
    19/06/2023

    I worked with Bobby in realestate for about 4 years and we became very good friends. Would love to get back in contact with him if possible. If someone could help me, that would be greatly appreciated. Tim.

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Contributions: Greg Fiveash, Andrew Ferguson, Shawn Dollin, Rugby League Tables, Alan Katzmann, Paul Carter