Ron Saddler

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Ronald William Saddler
Saturday, 14th March, 1942
Thursday, 12th May, 2016 (Aged 74 years and 59 days)
Place Of Birth
Lake Cargelligo, New South Wales, Australia


Murwillumbah centre represented Country as a winger in 1962 before coming to Easts. Saddler captained NSW Colts against France in 1964 and captain-coached NSW in one of his three appearances for the state in 1967 (he also represented NSW against the visiting Kiwis that year). A solid defender, he toured with the 1967-68 Kangaroos and played in 12 minor matches in England and France. His last rep game was as a late call-up to the NSW side in 1968.


Career Statistics

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Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1967-68 6 2 5   - 16 4 1 1 66.67% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1969 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1967-1969 7 2 5   0 16 5 1 1 71.43% Match list

Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1963 ? 2 -   - 6  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1964 ? 4 5   - 22  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1966 ? 3 3   - 15  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1967 ? 4 -   - 12  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1968 ? 5 -   - 15  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1969 ? 3 5   - 19  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1970 ? 1 -   - 3  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1971 ? - -   - -  
Overall 1963-1971 ? 22 13   0 92 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1963-64, 1966-71 ? 22 13   - 92 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1963-1971 ? 22 13   0 92 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

roy horrigan says: wonderful defensive centre, what he lacked in pace
he made up for with tackling. of aboriginal heritage
i believe he came from the country town of Euabolong. extremely long place kicker although not always accurate,i seen him kick a goal from 65
mtrs once out at the old sports ground and won $10
from the bloke next to me on the hill. (29/08/2011)

chris saddler says: Ron Saddler is my first cousin and I remember my father Henry Saddler taking me to a footy match in Sydney to watch him. As I am the youngest in my family I was to young to appreciate what a great example he was for all of us.Sent with love Chris Saddler (23/11/2011)

Greg Graiger says: i Played with Ron when he was captain/coach of Murwillumbah Bros in 1975 hardest hitter that I ever played with a real gentleman and friend for life (30/01/2012)

john rea says: ron was an inspiration to me as a boy,i use to watch him tackle, he was one of the best ! thank you Ronnie. (19/04/2015)

Peter Farrugia says: Ron Saddler will always be my favourite rugby league player/person associated with Eastern Suburbs. When he visited me as an 11 year old in Prince of Wales hospital I was in awe of him as a player and a man. What a positive impact that had on me at the time and the respect a guy like Ron had amongst my family & friends. He always played the game in the true spirit and ranks as one of the great cover defenders to ever play rugby league. (14/05/2015)

Paul says: RIP Ron Saddler. (12/05/2016)

Col pittman says: Old drinking buddy from sydney county council r i p. (15/05/2016)

dick jackson says: Ron was the best exponent of the flying tackle i have ever seen. He would run across the field and catch the fastest wingers forcing them into touch, His arms forward and his body parallel to the ground was a sight to be seen and feared Todays footballers would do well to learn this art,
Maybe the coaches of today do not include this in their coaching instructions (16/05/2016)

John Crowley says: Murwillumbah Old Boys 1974 also Wamoon in late fifties at school. Wonderful man and friend. I am sure Ronnie captained NSW in a couple of Interstate Games and he definitely toured with the 67 Kangaroos also captaining Australia in some second tier tour matches. I just wish this could be placed on his CV. Sadly he passed away early in 2016. Rest In Peace (15/09/2016)

Warren Ross says: My favourite easts or roosters player. In the difficult years such as 1966, Ron was a devastating defender. And there was much to defend. My clearest memory is of him dashing across the field in cover defence to save his team. Loved him. (22/04/2017)

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Last modified: Mon, 19 Apr 2021 19:55:45 +1000 (Sydney time)