Tony Branson

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Anthony Ross Branson
Born
Thursday, 18th December, 1947
Died
Wednesday, 1st April, 2020 (Aged 72 years and 105 days)
Place Of Birth
Nowra, New South Wales, Australia

Biography

Nowra five-eighth represented NSW in 1967 before being chosen on the Kangaroo Tour at year’s end. A tough, robust pivot, Branson played in five Tests on tour and was snapped up by St George on his return. A member of Australia's 1968 World Cup squad, he was later selected to tour NZ in 1971. Branson appeared in the one-off Test loss against the Kiwis before playing in the Dragon's losing grand final side against Souths.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Additional Notes

Tony Branson's year of birth was originally listed as 1946, but according to a post by his son on Facebook in 2020, it was infact 1947.

Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   App T G   FG Pts W L D Win %  
City vs Country Firsts 3 2 -   - 6 2 1 0 66.67% List
Interstate Matches 7 1 -   - 3 4 2 1 57.14% List
Tour Matches New South Wales Firsts 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Tour Matches Australia 6 1 -   - 3 2 3 1 33.33% List
Test Series 5 1 -   - - 2 2 1 40.00% List
The Ashes 2 1 -   - 6 2 0 0 100.00% List
World Cup 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
NRL Finals 7 - -   - - 3 4 0 42.86% List
NRL 9 23 -   5 76 4 5 0 44.44% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1967-68, 1971 8 1 -   - 3 4 3 1 50.00% List
Overall 1967-1971 8 1 0   0 3 4 3 1 50.00% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1967-1968 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1968 2 0 0   0 - 2 0 0 100.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1967-68, 1971 8 1 -   - 3 4 3 1 50.00% List
NSW Country Firsts 1967 2 1 -   - 3 1 1 0 50.00% List
NSW City Firsts 1971 1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1967-1971 11 3 0   0 9 6 4 1 54.55% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George NSWRFL 1968 ? 2 -   - 6  
St George NSWRFL 1969 ? 4 -   2 16  
St George NSWRFL 1970 ? 1 -   - 3  
St George NSWRFL 1971 ? 7 -   - 21  
St George NSWRFL 1972 ? 8 -   3 27  
St George NSWRFL 1973 ? 1 -   - 3  
Overall 1968-1973 ? 23 0   5 76 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1968-73 ? - -   - - ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1968-1973 ? 23 0   5 76 ? ? ? ?  

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1968-73 ? 15 -   3 48 ? ? ? ?  
St George 1970-72 5 15 -   3 48 2 3 0 40.00% List
Overall 1968-1973 ? 23 0   5 76 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Polysci says: The apprentice panel-beater from Nowra had a great season in 1967 edging Bobbie Fulton (a surprize omission) out of a place on that year's Kanagaroo tour, and earned himself a contract with St George.

After 1968 he found it hard to sustain that early
vigorous form. (08/05/2012)

Anonymous says: The Rugby League tradition carries on in his family with his niece married to Manoa Thompson, father of Jarryd Hayne. (22/09/2012)

Danny Regan says: Incredibly gifted player ruined by Saint George's brat pack backline. Had the privilege of playing with him in a couple of union matches when he was on the wrong side of 40 almost when he looked like he was about twice his playing weight when he made some pretty good footballers look pretty bad; including a younger brother of the Ellas (22/10/2012)

Yvette Lee Bastin says: Like Barry Beath, Tony Branson was a great man on & off the field, they were great mates, so great that when they retired Tony move back to Nowra & bought a sports store, I know this as we too moved to Culburra Beach near Nowra, although not knowing they were there I walked into the sports store & the man behind the counter said hello snottynose grub. This was the nickname that Tony & Barry gave me when I was about 2. He had not seen me in about 10 years. (21/03/2014)

Pete Smith says: I worked with Tony,as a panel beater,back then,great guy,a country boy,fame was confusing to him,and his play suffered.Was good friends with Barry Beath. (10/06/2014)

Anonymous says: Worked with tony for short time when he moved to sydney a top bloke and great wet wheather player (16/09/2014)

Peter Murphy says: Tony was captain coach of Wollongong city team in 1977. We played at the old Steelers stadium and were known as the wolves and wore St George colours He gave me a start in grade football at age 18 after a trial match against Thirroul in the Illawarra Carlton league. I remember one game when he was laying on the turf injured and getting treatment from a trainer when an opposition player made a break . He got to his haunches and tackled the player, before being helped from the field. A courageous player (07/04/2020)

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