Sam 'Slammin' Backo

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Samson Neale Backo
Nickname(s)
Slammin
Born
Sunday, 1st January, 1961
Current Age
61 years and 280 days
Place Of Birth
Ingham, Queensland, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Prop Of The Year
1988

Biography

Cairns forward (originally from Ingham) matured like vintage wine at Canberra, progressing from lower grade player to Test star. Backo was actually playing in the Group 8 competition in 1981 but returned to Queensland to play with Yeppoon before venturing back to Canberra in 1983. A member of the Raiders’ team that lost to Manly in the 1987 grand final Backo made his State of Origin debut the following year. Chosen for the Test series against Great Britain, he created history by becoming the first Australian forward to score tries in all three Tests of an Ashes series. The massively framed prop was simply unstoppable close to the line but English fans did not see him at his best in his time with Leeds in 1988-89. At the end of the 1988 season he moved back to Brisbane and again starred in Queensland's State of Origin success before touring NZ with the Australian side. A chronic knee injury limited his appearances in 1990, resulting in his withdrawal from the Test side that took on France, and forced his eventual retirement at the end of the season.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   App T G   FG Pts W L D Win %  
NRL 134 18 -   - 72 70 61 3 52.24% List
NRL Finals 6 2 -   - 8 2 4 0 33.33% List
State of Origin 7 3 -   - 12 6 1 0 85.71% List
The Ashes 3 3 -   - 24 2 1 0 66.67% List
Tour Matches Australia 9 4 -   - 16 7 2 0 77.78% List
Test Series 6 3 -   - - 5 1 0 83.33% List
World Cup 2 1 -   - 4 1 1 0 50.00% List
English Championship 13 - -   - - 9 4 0 69.23% List
Yorkshire Cup 3 1 -   - 4 3 0 0 100.00% List
Challenge Cup 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 1988-89 6 3 -   - 12 5 1 0 83.33% List
Overall 1988-1989 6 3 0   0 12 5 1 0 83.33% List

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1988 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Rest Of The World 1988 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Overall 1988 2 0 0   0 - 1 1 0 50.00% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1988-89 2 1 -   - 4 1 1 0 50.00% List
Overall 1988-1989 2 1 0   0 4 1 1 0 50.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Queensland 1988-90 7 3 -   - 12 6 1 0 85.71% List
Overall 1988-1990 7 3 0   0 12 6 1 0 85.71% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canberra NSWRFL 1983 7 - -   - - 3 4 0 42.86% List
Canberra NSWRL 1984 17 4 -   - 16 10 7 0 58.82% List
Canberra NSWRL 1985 21 2 -   - 8 8 11 2 38.10% List
Canberra NSWRL 1986 20 1 -   - 4 7 12 1 35.00% List
Canberra NSWRL 1987 27 6 -   - 24 16 11 0 59.26% List
Canberra NSWRL 1988 22 2 -   - 8 14 8 0 63.64% List
Brisbane NSWRL 1989 15 3 -   - 12 9 6 0 60.00% List
Brisbane NSWRL 1990 5 - -   - - 3 2 0 60.00% List
Overall 1983-1990 134 18 0   0 72 70 61 3 52.24% List

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canberra 1983-88 114 15 -   - 60 58 53 3 50.88% List
Brisbane 1989-90 20 3 -   - 12 12 8 0 60.00% List
Overall 1983-1990 134 18 0   0 72 70 61 3 52.24% List

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canberra 1983-1988 6 2 -   - 8 2 4 0 33.33% List
Overall 1987-1988 6 2 0   0 8 2 4 0 33.33% List

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Leeds Championship 1988/89 18 1 -   - 4 14 4 0 77.78% List
Overall 1988-1989 18 1 0   0 4 14 4 0 77.78% List

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Leeds 1988 18 1 -   - 4 14 4 0 77.78% List
Overall 1988-1989 18 1 0   0 4 14 4 0 77.78% List

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