Greg Pierce

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Greg Stuart Pierce
Born
Saturday, 4th March, 1950
Died
Friday, 24th June, 2016 (Aged 66 years and 112 days)
Place Of Birth
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Known Family Links

Grandfather
Arthur Folwell

Biography

The grandson of 1930s Test hooker Arthur Folwell, Greg Pierce was a Newtown junior (Marrickville) who spent two years in the C’bury junior league. He was graded in the late 1960s as a long-haired fullback with battlers Cronulla but under Tommy Bishop's leadership in the early 1970s he switched to lock and, after playing in the 1973 grand final, was selected on the Kangaroo Tour. Pierce became the first Cronulla player to play a Test when selected against France at the end of the tour and played in Australia's 1975 and 1977 World Cup victories. In the First Test of the 1978 Trans Tasman series Pierce became the first Cronulla player to captain Australia but the year proved to be bitter-sweet. Despite winning the Test selectors dropped him from the Second Test to pave the way for Bob Fulton to take over the captaincy (Pearce was reinstated as a player for the Third Test). Pearce then missed Cronulla's second grand final appearance when he was suspended after the club’s semi-final against Wests. Pierce had scored a try to set up victory for the Sharks but was sent off for fighting with John Donnelly. (It was later revealed that Donnelly took a dive and despite Pierce’s impeccable playing record he was suspended for four matches and missed the grand final). Being named as vice-captain of the 1978 Kangaroo Tour was some consolation for Pierce but he played in just four matches before injuring his knee in the international against Wales. Further injuries, and the opportunity to take over as club coach after Tommy Bishop's disastrous return to the club in 1980, led to his retirement with a then club record number of games to his credit. Pierce spent two seasons as Cronulla coach and took the club to the semi-finals in 1981. His reputation as one of the fittest men in rugby league is borne out by the fact that he was still playing lower grade rugby union on the Central Coast well into his forties. In 2003, the year he was named as one of the Sharks’ ‘immortals’, he fought a determined battle against cancer.

- 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 Finals 7 2 -   - 6 4 3 0 57.14% List
NRL 128 35 -   - 105 66 60 2 51.56% List
Tour Matches Australia 5 1 -   - 3 5 0 0 100.00% List
Test Series 3 1 -   - 3 3 0 0 100.00% List
World Cup 5 - -   - - 4 1 0 80.00% List
City vs Country Firsts 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
Interstate Matches 5 1 -   - 3 5 0 0 100.00% List
Tour Matches New South Wales Firsts 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
National Panasonic Cup 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1973, 1975, 1977-78 10 1 -   - 3 9 1 0 90.00% List
Overall 1973-1978 10 1 0   0 3 9 1 0 90.00% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1973-1977 5 - -   - - 4 1 0 80.00% List
Overall 1975-1977 5 0 0   0 - 4 1 0 80.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1976-79 6 1 -   - 3 5 1 0 83.33% List
NSW City Firsts 1976, 1978 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1976-1979 8 1 0   0 3 7 1 0 87.50% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cronulla NSWRFL 1969 ? 2 -   - 6  
Cronulla NSWRFL 1970 ? 4 -   - 12  
Cronulla NSWRFL 1971 ? 1 -   - 3  
Cronulla NSWRFL 1972 ? 3 -   - 9  
Cronulla NSWRFL 1973 ? 6 -   - 18  
Cronulla NSWRFL 1974 19 4 -   - 12 8 11 0 42.11% List
Cronulla NSWRFL 1975 20 1 -   - 3 7 12 1 35.00% List
Cronulla NSWRFL 1976 20 4 -   - 12 8 11 1 40.00% List
Cronulla NSWRFL 1977 16 3 -   - 9 10 6 0 62.50% List
Cronulla NSWRFL 1978 22 4 -   - 12 16 6 0 72.73% List
Cronulla NSWRFL 1979 11 - -   - - 7 4 0 63.64% List
Cronulla NSWRFL 1980 16 3 -   - 9 8 8 0 50.00% List
Overall 1969-1980 ? 35 0   0 105 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cronulla 1969-80 ? 35 -   - 105 ? ? ? ?  
Cronulla 1974-80 124 19 -   - 57 64 58 2 51.61% List
Overall 1969-1980 ? 35 0   0 105 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cronulla 1974-1979 3 1 -   - 3 2 1 0 66.67% List
Overall 1978-1979 3 1 0   0 3 2 1 0 66.67% List

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cronulla 1969-80 ? 35 -   - 105 ? ? ? ?  
Cronulla 1974-1980 128 19 -   - 57 66 60 2 51.56% List
Overall 1969-1980 ? 35 0   0 105 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Anonymous says: One of the best low tackler's in the game, fearless (14/04/2012)

Julian says: An absolute Cronulla Sharks legend. Along with Steve Rogers, Greg Pierce probably did more as a player for Cronulla than anyone. Had he not been controversially suspended from the 1979 Grand Final replay against Manly, the Sharks probably would have won that year. (30/08/2013)

Anonymous says: Greg was graded from the gymea football club in the sutherland shire district.. (21/12/2015)

John says: Sadly passed away on 24 June 2016.

One the finest. RIP Greg (05/11/2017)

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