Ron Costello

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Saturday, 7th November, 1942
Current Age
79 years and 242 days

Biography

Former Wests forward, a highly consistent second rower, represented NSW in 1967 while playing for the Collegians Club in the I’warra competition. Costello toured with the Australian team in NZ in 1969, appearing in one Test. Canterbury won the race for his signature in 1970 and Costello was called into the Ashes-deciding Third Test against Great Britain. He later made Australia's World Cup squad that year and backed up with another tour to NZ in 1971.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   App T G   FG Pts W L D Win %  
City vs Country Firsts 5 2 -   - 6 2 3 0 40.00% List
Interstate Matches 8 1 -   - 3 7 1 0 87.50% List
Tour Matches Australia 3 - -   - - 1 2 0 33.33% List
Test Series 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% List
Tour Matches New South Wales Firsts 1 - -   - - 0 0 1 0.00% List
The Ashes 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
NRL Finals 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
NRL 1 12 -   - 36 0 1 0 0.00% List
World 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 1969-71 4 - -   - - 2 2 0 50.00% List
Overall 1969-1971 4 0 0   0 - 2 2 0 50.00% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1969-1970 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1970 1 0 0   0 - 1 0 0 100.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1967, 1969-71 9 1 -   - 3 7 1 1 77.78% List
NSW Country Firsts 1967-69 4 2 -   - 6 1 3 0 25.00% List
NSW City Firsts 1971 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1967-1971 14 3 0   0 9 9 4 1 64.29% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1964 ? - -   - -  
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1965 ? 1 -   - 3  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1970 ? 2 -   - 6  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1971 ? 4 -   - 12  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1972 ? 5 -   - 15  
Overall 1964-1972 ? 12 0   0 36 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Western Suburbs 1964-65 ? 1 -   - 3 ? ? ? ?  
Canterbury 1970-72 ? 11 -   - 33 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1964-1972 ? 12 0   0 36 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

craig hobbs says: Hi Allan, it was a honnor to play with ron at shellharbour group 7 1979, even thow he was well and truly at the end of his caree, just his presense at training or on the feild was a inspuration to me and the rest of the team. My farther John who played with manly in the 50's, alway's said to me, listen and look to what he has to offer he was a marvelous high working player in illawarra & canterbury. 'he also organised a great end of season trip too'! hope he is well. (11/07/2012)

Barry Grimson says: Just a neighbour of Ron and Marie,he lives life to the fullest cherishes catching up with old teammates luv his live and let live attitude to life ,all the best caffer (15/07/2015)

denis hooper says: hardest tackler in the game in his day great bloke great plater (27/06/2017)

Norm Fairbairn says: Wonderful player was Ron Costello. Many great memories, called into 1970 World Cup final (his only game on tour) and tackled everything that moved. Dropped from national side after 1971 defeat (24-3) to New Zealand. He was injured early in the game but stayed on. Favourite moment was in an AMCO cup game in 1975 playing for Southern Districts against Balmain when he upended and back-slammed old Canterbury teammate Dennis Manteit. Great stuff!! (08/11/2018)

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