John Brass

Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Born
Monday, 7th October, 1946
Current Age
77 years and 260 days
Place Of Birth
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Honours & Awards

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World Cup
1975
Interstate Series
1970
NSWRFL Premiership (NRL)
1974, 1975
Preseason Cup
1974
Midweek Cup
1975
World Club Challenge
1976

Biography

Regarded as one of the most successful converts from the amateur code during the modern era John Brass was a classy centre renown for his great handling skills and brick-wall defence. A Randwick centre with 12 RU Tests to his credit, Brass switched codes on a record $30,000 contract to play with Easts in 1969. The following year he captained both his club and state before becoming a dual international when he played in all three Tests against the Ashes-winning Great Britain side. Brass declined to tour with Australia's victorious World Cup squad in 1970 due to business and family reasons but was a mainstay of the Roosters' great sides of the 1970s. Although missing the 1972 grand final loss to Manly because of injury, Brass played in both 1974-75 grand final successes with Easts. An accomplished inside centre and prolific goal-kicker, he scored 213pts during the 1974 season. After making himself available for rep duty in 1975, he captained Australia to victory against the Kiwis in a World Series match before touring Great Britain for the latter half of the short-lived competition. After leaving Sydney in 1976, Brass represented Country while captain-coach of the Tweed Heads ‘Seagulls’ in 1977-78. In 1998 Brass was appointed as a News Ltd representative on the NRL Board.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   Comp Wins App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
The Ashes - 3 - -   - - 1 2 0 33.33% List
World Cup 1 3 - -   - - 2 1 0 66.67% List
Tour Matches Australia - 7 - -   - - 4 3 0 57.14% List
Test Series - 3 - -   - - 1 2 0 33.33% List
Interstate Series 1 2 2 -   - 6 1 1 0 50.00% List
City vs Country Firsts - 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% List
NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) 2 143 33 295   17 715 88 52 3 61.54% List
NSWRFL Finals - 6 4 17   - 46 3 3 0 50.00% List
World Club Challenge 1 1 - 5   - 10 1 0 0 100.00% List
Preseason Cup 1 27 4 33   - 78 14 13 0 51.85% List
Midweek Cup 1 10 3 31   - 71 6 4 0 60.00% List
Endeavour Cup - 2 1 -   - 3 0 2 0 0.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1970, 1975   6 - -   - - 3 3 0 50.00% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1970-1975   3 - -   - - 2 1 0 66.67% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW City Seconds 1969-70, 1975   3 2 2   - 10 2 1 0 66.67% List
NSW Firsts 1970   2 2 -   - 6 1 1 0 50.00% List
NSW City Firsts 1974   1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
North Coast 1977-78   4 2 12   - 30 2 2 0 50.00% List
NSW Country Firsts 1977   1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Overall1969-1978   11 6 14   0 46 6 5 0 54.55% List


Club Career

NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - By Year

Team Season   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1969   16 3 2   1 15 5 10 1 31.25% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1970   20 4 -   8 28 11 9 0 55.00% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1971   12 1 -   - 3 4 7 1 33.33% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1972   5 1 -   1 4 4 1 0 80.00% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1973   21 4 44   5 105 11 10 0 52.38% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1974   22 8 94   1 213 19 3 0 86.36% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1975   24 6 86   1 191 21 3 0 87.50% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1976   23 6 69   - 156 13 9 1 56.52% List

NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1969-76   143 33 295   17 715 88 52 3 61.54% List

Your Say

  • Anonymous
    22/08/2013

    John was a great player he was a player that I looked up to when I was only 14 he was an insperation.
    He played the game hard but very fair, great career John thanks for the memories. Peter

  • Anonymous
    30/03/2020

    My hero best inside centre ever roosters supporter forever Brad

  • Anonymous
    20/04/2021

    Great player even greater person

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