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First annual rugby fixture

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FOR PRESS ■ No. 366k

Directorate of Public Relations,

· . Army Headcuar ter 3, · ' .



Arrangements are be ng c ompleted for the staging of a new

Rugby Union fixture on the Australian calender - the first annual

Minister for the Interior's XV against Combined Ser* ices at "

Manuka Oval, Canberra on Sunday week, August 22. .

Australian Services begin a 12-day four-match programme

b 5r playing a Queensland XV in Brisbane tomorrow.

Next Wednesday Services meet City of Sydney, then come to

Canberra to prepare for the match against the Minister for the

Interior, Mr. Douglas Anthony1 s XV.

Services will conclude the schedule with a match against

Victoria in Melbourne on Wednesday, August 25.

Canberra City Memorial RSL Club has donated a trophy for

annual competition between the Minister1 s XV and. Services. '

Proceeds of the match will go to Legacy, and a big crowd

is anticipated to see Australia's leading players in action for the

Minister's XV." ' .

His Excellency, The Administrator, Sir Henry Abel Smith,

and Lady May will 'attend the match i .

Mr. Anthony's team will be led by Australia's record- .

breaking Test captain and front row forward, John Thornett. . The

vice-captain will be .Australia's brilliant halfback, Ken Catchpole.

Injuries have caused a reshuffle in the original team.

Former international centre and goal-kicker Peter Scott of A.C.T.

has been replaced by Barry Sibley of A.C.T. , a New South Wales

representative last year. . .

. Sydney breakaway Greg Davis, one of Australia’s stars, has

been forced to withdraw, and has been replaced by another Test man,

David Shepherd, formerly Victorian captain. '



The team now is: Peter Ryan (ACT); David G-rimmond (ACT);

Dick Marks (Qld); Barry Sibley (ACT); Stewar t Bc-yee -(Sydney); ·

Phil Hawthorne (I'Tev/castle); Ken Catchpcle (Sydney)· Da." id Shepherd

(Sydney); Jules Guerassimoff '(Qld); Peter Bolton (Vic); Bruce

Baiiey (Goulburn); Alan Cameron (Sydney); Tony Miller (Sydney);

Paul Malone (ACT); John Thornett (Capt). . '

One of the reserves' v/ill be NSW Under 21 three-quarter and

vice-captain, Stewart Anthony of Hornsby Colts, Sydney, a step­

brother of Mr. Anthony. Other reserves, drawn from the A.C.T. area,

will be named early next week. '

Of the actual X V , 12 are internationals. John Thornett has

played 34 Tests for Australia, and by playing in two against South

Africa in June, broke the long-standing record held by Tony Miller at

33 Tests. ■

Tomorrow in Sydney, Alan Cameron breaks the Sydney grade

record by appearing in his 265th match for St. George. At the same

time, Tony Miller will be playing his 200th grade match for Manly.

Service and A.C.T. Rugby Union officials have arranged for .

the pre-match sale of tickets at various centres in Canberra and


(Lists: A, B , C)

Further information:

CANBERRA: Major Barrie Gillman (61-221 2)(QBN1046)


13 th August, 1965