Kevin 'Kandos' Ryan

Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Kevin James Ryan
Nickname(s)
Kandos
Born
Sunday, 26th August, 1934
Current Age
89 years and 268 days
Place Of Birth
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Clive Churchill Medal
1965

Known Family Links

Nephew
Robert Ryan

Biography

One of the true 'hard men' of the game, Ryan had already forged a fearless reputation as a tough competitor in international RU before joining St George in 1960. Originally from Ipswich, Ryan was also Queensland Amateur Boxing Champion and was beaten in a trial for the 1960 Rome Olympics. He first played RU for Brisbane Brothers as a 19-year-old in 1954, and was a regular member of the Queensland state side for the next six seasons. He made his RU Test debut on the 1957-58 Wallaby tour of Britain, France and Nth America and played in 5 Tests before turning professional. Ryan was a member of seven grand final winning teams with St George (1960-66) and was sent from the field in the first of these wins, against Easts. Having started his career in the amateurs as a speedy second row forward, Ryan went on to prove his skill as a ball-playing prop. He played for NSW in 1962 and toured with the Kangaroos the following year. Ryan played in just four matches on tour (no Tests) after breaking his leg but played in two Tests against France the following year. In 1966 Ryan represented NSW against Great Britain but was not called into the Australian Test team. At the end of year he signed with C’bury as captain-coach and indirectly brought about the end of St George's reign as premiers. Under Ryan's guidance the Berries defeated the 11-times premiers in the final but went down to Souths in the grand final a week later. Ryan continued on as C’bury coach after his retirement before pursuing a career as a NSW Labor politician. A practicing lawyer since 1970, he held the State seat of St George from 1976-84 and served in the Wran Government before being dumped by his party. Ryan sought and successfully won the position of president of the Players Association and fought for the rights of players in much the same style as he played - head down and straight ahead. In 1991 Ryan won an important victory through the courts that led to the defeat of the NSWRL's draft system before being deposed in 1993.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) 158 24 -   - 72 117 38 3 74.05% List
NSWRFL Finals 18 3 -   - 9 16 2 0 88.89% List
Preseason Cup 29 1 -   - 3 17 10 2 58.62% List
Interstate Matches 8 1 -   - 3 7 0 1 87.50% List
Tour Matches St George Dragons 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% List
City vs Country Firsts 3 - -   - - 3 0 0 100.00% List
Tour Matches Sydney Firsts 3 - -   - - 2 1 0 66.67% List
Tour Matches New South Wales Firsts 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
Tour Matches Australia 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
Test Series 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1964 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW City Seconds 1962, 1964 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
NSW Firsts 1962-64, 1966 10 1 -   - 3 9 0 1 90.00% List
Sydney Firsts 1963-64, 1966 3 - -   - - 2 1 0 66.67% List
NSW City Firsts 1963, 1965-66 3 - -   - - 3 0 0 100.00% List
Overall1962-1966 18 1 0   0 3 16 1 1 88.89% List


Club Career

NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George NSWRFL 1960 8 4 -   - 12 7 1 0 87.50% List
St George NSWRFL 1961 20 4 -   - 12 17 3 0 85.00% List
St George NSWRFL 1962 18 4 -   - 12 14 4 0 77.78% List
St George NSWRFL 1963 15 - -   - - 12 3 0 80.00% List
St George NSWRFL 1964 17 1 -   - 3 15 2 0 88.24% List
St George NSWRFL 1965 15 2 -   - 6 13 2 0 86.67% List
St George NSWRFL 1966 13 4 -   - 12 10 2 1 76.92% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1967 22 3 -   - 9 14 7 1 63.64% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1968 20 1 -   - 3 9 10 1 45.00% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1969 10 1 -   - 3 6 4 0 60.00% List

NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1960-66 106 19 -   - 57 88 17 1 83.02% List
Canterbury 1967-69 52 5 -   - 15 29 21 2 55.77% List
Overall1960-1969 158 24 0   0 72 117 38 3 74.05% List

Your Say

  • E Curb Nottus
    03/05/2012

    Ryan had a unique defensive technique - he would tackle the ball-carrier in an 'ball and all' bear hug, and in the struggle to bring his opponent to the ground, he would squeeze all of the air out of him rendering the unfortunate target immobile. Legal and highly effective!

    Significant that St George's great premiership streak ended the year Ryan left the club.

  • frw
    11/06/2016

    A WORLD SPORTS HALL OF FAME MUST -RECORD STANDS FOR ITSELF
    SS

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