(1929–2004) was an Australian rugby league
footballer and coach. He was a representative for the Australian national side
. Post-playing, Willey had a long and successful first grade and State representative coaching career.
Born in Canterbury, New South Wales
in 1929, Willey was graded by the Canterbury Bulldogs
as fullback in 1948 and was the regular first-grade fullback and goal-kicker from 1949 to 1953. In 1951 he was appointed captain for four games at the age of 21. He held the record as the youngest Bulldogs captain until Braith Anasta
He joined Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
in 1956 and played a total of 124 games over seven seasons for the club including their unsuccessful 1957
and 1959 Grand Final
attempts. In his last season as a player at Manly in 1962, he was captain-coach. He held a record for the most points scored at Manly until overtaken by Graeme Eadie in the 1970s.
Willey joined the Parramatta Eels
in 1963 but only played seven games before retiring in 1964.
A player of immense talent, Willey played in an era where Clive Churchill
was the incumbent representative fullback, denying Willey many selection opportunities. He became the first Canterbury local international when he was selected on the 1952–53 Kangaroo tour
After missing most of 1953 and the entire 1954 season through a serious knee injury, Ron returned to the game as captain-coach of Rockhampton and represented Queensland... Read More