ANZAC DAY & THE NRL They are the men whose
courage and sacrifice forged a bond between Rugby League and the Armed Services that each year is commemorated in an inspiring yet solemn ANZAC Day tribute at matches in Sydney and Melbourne. Men like Stan Carpenter, the first captain of Newcastle and an Australian representative who was twice recommended for the Victoria Cross; Edward Larkin, the rugby union international who was the first full-time secretary of the NSW Rugby League and the Labor Member for Willoughby, who was killed at Gallipoli on ANZAC Day in 1915; Herbert ‘Nutsy’ Bolt, the NSW and Newtown centre killed at Fromelles in
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1921 Kangaroos Jack ‘Bluey’ Watkins, Norm Potter and Les Cubitt paying their respects at the grave of Paddy Bugden VC, who was a league player from Lismore.
1916 whose body was exhumed and identified in 2010; and Jack ‘Bluey’ Watkins, the Eastern Suburbs and Australian lock forward who served on the Western Front. It honours men such as Spencer Walklate, a special forces commando who was executed by Japanese forces on the island on Muschu in 1945; Clem
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Kennedy, the South Sydney and Australian half who fought on the Kodoka Track; and Jack Lennox, the Rabbitohs and Dragons player who died as a prisoner of war while working on the Burma-Thailand Railway. They are among the hundreds of Rugby League players and the thousands of fans who have dedicated their lives to the defence of this
The Last Post magazine - Autumn 2012 - Anzac Day Special