Craig Young

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Craig Albert Young
Born
Monday, 25th June, 1956
Current Age
65 years and 211 days
Place Of Birth
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Clive Churchill Medal
1977
Dally M Prop Of The Year
1980, 1985

Known Family Links

Son
Dean Young

Biography

A member of the undefeated Australian Schoolboys tour of England in 1972 Craig Young had a grounding in soccer as a youngster and was playing first grade soccer with Bellambi in the I’warra competition as a 16-year-old. (Young’s father represented Australia in the sport). Young played rugby league for Corrimal on the South Coast before coming to St George as a 20-year-old prop. Ear-marked for a great future by former Australian coach Harry Bath, Young was a key player in the Dragons team dubbed ‘Bath’s Babes’ that won the historic grand final replay in 1977. Young lived up to Bath’s prediction, playing in the first of 20 Test appearances in the Third Test against NZ in 1978. A Kangaroo tourist that year, he played in all five Tests in England and France and was named player of the tour. Lumbered with the uncomplimentary nickname of 'Albert' (as in 'Fat Albert'), Young defied the name with his bullock-like runs that exuded raw strength and determination. In 1979 he captained St George to the club’s 15th (and last) premiership title and led the Dragons stoically during much of the next decade. A regular fixture in Australia's 'engine room' he made his second Kangaroo Tour with the 1982 'Invincibles'. Young stepped down from Test duty after the series white-wash of Great Britain in 1984 and led St George into the grand final the following year, losing to C’bury by a bare point. His last success as captain was in the 1988 Panasonic Cup and he retired the following year, replacing Ted Glossop as coach of the club. Unfortunately, in the dog-eat-dog world of coaching, Young was replaced by Brian Smith in 1991. The father of promising hooker forward Dean Young, Craig ‘returned’ to rep football as team manager of the NSW Blues under coach Ricky Stuart in 2005.

- 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 1978-82, 1984 21 1 -   - 3 18 3 0 85.71% List
Overall 1978-1984 21 1 0   0 3 18 3 0 85.71% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Country Firsts 1976, 1984 2 - -   - - 0 2 0 0.00% List
NSW Firsts 1979-81 5 - -   - - 5 0 0 100.00% List
NSW City Firsts 1979-81 3 - -   - - 3 0 0 100.00% List
New South Wales 1980, 1982, 1984 5 - -   - - 1 4 0 20.00% List
Overall 1976-1984 15 0 0   0 - 9 6 0 60.00% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George NSWRFL 1977 26 - -   - - 20 5 1 76.92% List
St George NSWRFL 1978 17 2 -   - 6 7 10 0 41.18% List
St George NSWRFL 1979 20 - -   - - 16 4 0 80.00% List
St George NSWRFL 1980 21 - -   - - 13 6 2 61.90% List
St George NSWRFL 1981 13 1 -   - 3 6 7 0 46.15% List
St George NSWRFL 1982 24 1 -   - 3 11 11 2 45.83% List
St George NSWRFL 1983 16 - -   - - 7 8 1 43.75% List
St George NSWRL 1984 17 2 -   1 9 10 7 0 58.82% List
St George NSWRL 1985 25 2 -   - 8 18 5 2 72.00% List
St George NSWRL 1986 15 1 -   - 4 8 7 0 53.33% List
St George NSWRL 1987 23 - -   1 1 10 11 2 43.48% List
St George NSWRL 1988 17 2 -   - 8 7 10 0 41.18% List
Overall 1977-1988 234 11 0   2 42 133 91 10 56.84% List

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1977-88 234 11 -   2 42 133 91 10 56.84% List
Overall 1977-1988 234 11 0   2 42 133 91 10 56.84% List

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1977, 1979-80, 1984-85 13 - -   - - 8 4 1 61.54% List
Overall 1977-1985 13 0 0   0 - 8 4 1 61.54% List

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