Ray 'Mr Perpetual Motion' Price

Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Raymond Allen Price
Nickname(s)
Mr Perpetual Motion
Born
Wednesday, 4th March, 1953
Current Age
70 years and 364 days
Place Of Birth
St Leonards, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Harry Sunderland Medal
1979
RLW Player of the Year
1979, 1985
Rothmans Medal
1979
Dally M Representative Player Of The Year
1981
Dally M Lock Of The Year
1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Dally M Player Of The Year
1982
Dally M Captain Of The Year
1986
National Rugby League Hall Of Fame
2008

Known Family Links

Father
Kevin Price
Brother
Don Price
Uncle
Peter Diversi

Biography

Tough, courageous lock, Parramatta's 'Mr Perpetual Motion' represented Australia in both rugby codes. Ray Price switched to League in 1976 after representing the Wallabies in 8 Tests whilst playing for the P’matta RU club. It was first thought that he would take time to adjust to rugby league but nothing could have been further from the truth. Price was an immediate success that year as a second row forward before moving to lock and scored more tries than any other forward in the competition. He was tireless in defeat in the Eels' losing grand final teams in 1976-77 (he was knocked out three times in the historic replay against St George in 1977). In the 1978 major semi-final replay against Manly Price was controversially sent from the field and later exonerated by the judiciary. He made his Test debut against NZ in 1978 before touring with the Kangaroos. Price played in all five Tests on tour and, following three Test matches against Great Britain in 1979, won both the Harry Sunderland Medal and Rothmans Medal. Price was a champion competitor who always gave his all, whether at club, state or Test level. During his career he took the peculiar stance of watching the uprights when an opposing player took a shot at goal. (In his first RU Test against NZ in 1974, he scored a try off a failed penalty goal by Paul McLean and was always wary of others doing the same). P’matta won three consecutive premierships in 1981-83 and Price added steel and resolve to the club's lightweight forward pack. In 1982 he made the second of his Kangaroo Tours and by the time he stood down from Test football in 1984 he had played in 22 Tests over a six year period. The first player to be awarded the Order of Australia while still playing the game Price took over as P’matta captain in 1985 and set his sights on leading the club to the premiership before he retired. In a storybook ending to his career he did just that in 1986 but the reality of the 4-2 grand final win over C’bury is one of Price putting his body on the line for his club and driving himself to the point of exhaustion. He was named 'Dally M' Lock of the Year for five consecutive years (1982-86) and retired with a club record number of first grade games to his credit. Always a man who said what he thought Price took on a broadcasting role with Radio 2UE but three years later, at age 36, played one final season with Wakefield Trinity in England. In 1993 Price was admitted to the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame and won a place on the P’matta Club Board with the aim of seeing the club reverse its downward slide. His criticism of the club's efforts in the 1990s was poorly executed and, in 1994, he was forced to stand down from the P’matta Board after a failed business venture. In 2001 Price was duly named in the Eels’ team of the century but five years later, took on his toughest opponent – cancer.
- 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 258 78 -   - 258 178 73 7 68.99% List
NRL Finals 32 5 -   - 17 19 11 2 59.38% List
National Panasonic Cup 5 5 -   - 16 4 1 0 80.00% List
Interstate Matches 7 6 -   - 18 7 0 0 100.00% List
Tour Matches Australia 32 10 -   - 31 27 5 0 84.38% List
Test Series 21 10 -   - 9 17 4 0 80.95% List
The Ashes 10 7 -   - 44 9 1 0 90.00% List
City vs Country Firsts 5 4 -   - 12 5 0 0 100.00% List
State of Origin 8 - -   - - 2 6 0 25.00% List
English Championship 20 6 -   - 24 9 10 1 45.00% List
Regal Trophy 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Challenge Cup 4 - -   - - 2 1 1 50.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1978-84 23 10 -   - 31 19 4 0 82.61% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW City Seconds 1977-78 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
NSW Firsts 1978-81 7 6 -   - 18 7 0 0 100.00% List
NSW City Firsts 1979-83 5 4 -   - 12 5 0 0 100.00% List
NSW 1981-84 8 - -   - - 2 6 0 25.00% List
Oceania 1984 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Overall1977-1984 23 10 0   0 30 17 6 0 73.91% List


Club Career

NRL/NSWRL - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Parramatta NSWRFL 1976 25 12 -   - 36 16 7 2 64.00% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1977 25 10 -   - 30 19 5 1 76.00% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1978 23 11 -   - 33 14 8 1 60.87% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1979 24 10 -   - 30 16 8 0 66.67% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1980 13 2 -   - 6 6 6 1 46.15% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1981 25 4 -   - 12 17 7 1 68.00% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1982 27 5 -   - 15 22 5 0 81.48% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1983 25 5 -   - 20 20 5 0 80.00% List
Parramatta NSWRL 1984 19 5 -   - 20 13 6 0 68.42% List
Parramatta NSWRL 1985 27 6 -   - 24 18 9 0 66.67% List
Parramatta NSWRL 1986 25 8 -   - 32 17 7 1 68.00% List

NRL/NSWRL - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Parramatta 1976-86 258 78 -   - 258 178 73 7 68.99% List

English Career - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Wakefield 1989/90 25 6 -   - 24 11 12 2 44.00% List

English Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Wakefield 1989 25 6 -   - 24 11 12 2 44.00% List

Your Say

  • Polyanna
    08/05/2012

    A stubborn refusal to ever give up in a game was characteristic of Ray Price's attitude. Earlier in his career he was known for his "Cumberland throw" tackle (later outlawed).

    I remember a Union test which he played breakaway against the All Blacks in 1974. The massive, intimidating NZ forwards completely dominated the inferior Australian pack - except for Price who harried them all day and was responsible for Australia managing a draw in the test. Huge courage.

  • Pauline
    12/07/2017

    Ray price was the greatest player, did he have an injury with his eye, maybe glass eye

  • Costa
    26/10/2017

    One of the greatest forwards ever to play the game. He always gave 150% in every match. Epitomized what the true meaning of rugby league is all about. Should have been an immortal.

  • peter turner
    26/04/2018

    saw Ray play at Wakefield never saw anyone who was a harder tackler than him saw him flatten Adrian Shelford of Wigan and Ellery Hanley at Belle Vue , was like being hit by a bus all fairly.

  • Robbo
    23/07/2019

    When asked by Rex Mossop in a TV interview what position he might play when joining the Eels Ray famously replied to the effect - I will play any position the coach puts me, as long as I am playing in first grade.

    An excellent attitude that I have asked of players when I have coached other codes, often shortened to the well known - Anywhere is first grade Rex!

  • Jennie Waters
    26/07/2019

    I have never seen a tougher player in all the years I have followed Rugby League or a more modest player as were all the Parramatta players

  • Anonymous
    26/10/2021

    Ray price should be a immortal

  • John W
    20/04/2023

    My all-time favourite player, thankfully he was with the mighty Eels. A master class on his own. Great captain who lead by example that encouraged his team mates to success, a fairytale end to his NRL career to boot. An absolute champion player that will always be remembered at the heart of lifelong Parra fans.. thanks Ray you bloody legend.

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Contributions: Greg Fiveash, Andrew Ferguson, Shawn Dollin, Paul Carter, Rugby League Tables, Alan Katzmann, Steven Russo, AJ Lucantonio, Max Turner, Bill Bates, Tim Costello

Sources: Irvin Saxton's Record Keepers' Club, Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1990-91