Tom Richards (rugby union)

Tom Richards (Rugby Union)

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Thomas James "Rusty" Richards MC (29 April 1882 – 25 September 1935) was an Australian military officer and national representative rugby union player, who was born at Vegetable Creek , Emmaville in New South Wales. Richards was the only player to ever play for both Australia and the British Lions, thus, the Tom Richards Trophy is named in his honor. He is an inductee to the Australian Rugby Union Hall of Fame..

Early years

Richard's Cornish father emigrated to Australia during the Gold Rush from Cornwall in the United Kingdom. Nicknamed Rusty, he grew up in the gold mining town of Charters Towers in Northern Queensland. His interest in the rugby game developed when a New South Wales touring side visited his town. He started training and playing rugby, and went on to represent Queensland. His family moved to South Africa in 1905.

Rugby wanderer

He continued playing rugby in South Africa, playing a small number of games for the Transvaal Rugby Union in the domestic Currie Cup competition. he subsequently travelled to England where he continued playing rugby in the county championships. He soon returned to Australia and was selected for the Wallabies' 1908 tour of the United Kingdom. He played in both Test matches of the tour and was Australia's first try-scorer in the Test against Wales. The touring party took part in the 1908 Summer......
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