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Des Connor

Des Connor
Birth nameDesmond Michael Connor
Date of birth (1935-08-09) 9 August 1935 (age 84)
Place of birthAshgrove, Australia
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight78 kg (172 lb)
SchoolMarist College Ashgrove
Occupation(s)School Teacher
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
New Zealand

Desmond Michael Connor (born 9 August 1935 in Ashgrove, QLD) is an Australian former rugby union halfback who represented internationally both the Australian and New Zealand national rugby union teams. He is an inductee in the Australian Rugby Union Hall of Fame.

Australian rugby career

After taking up the game at the Marist Brothers Ashgrove, Connor honed his skills further with the Brothers club. He made his representative debut for Queensland in 1954 and made further appearances for the state over the next five years. [1]

He was selected in Australian national squad for the Wallabies 1957–58 Australia rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland and France. Connor made his Australian test debut on 4 January 1958 against Wales and played in all five internationals on the Australian tour. Later that year he captained the Wallabies in Tests against the New Zealand Māori rugby union team, and then played against the All Blacks on a tour of New Zealand.[2]

At the start of the 1960s he left Australia to continue his teaching career in New Zealand, teaching at Takapuna Grammar School in Auckland.[2]

New Zealand rugby career

Following his move to New Zealand he was capped 12 times by the All Blacks, with a record of 10 wins, a draw and a defeat. The defeat came in his final match in 1964, against Australia at Wellington.[3]


He was to return to Australian rugby as a coach firstly at Brisbane Brothers, then Queensland and Australia. He led the Wallabies in that role in their home series against New Zealand in 1968. A keen tactician and student of the game, Connor studied the rulebook and after consulting with referees, he introduced in the first Test the first short lineout used in the Southern Hemisphere. [4]

Connor also oversaw the 1969 and 1971 tours to South Africa.[5]


  1. ^ Howell p159
  2. ^ a b ARU (10 September 2008). "Des Connor inducted into Wallabies Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 12 March 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  3. ^ Huw Richards (30 July 2010). "Trans-Tasman rivals break new ground". ESPN Scrum. ESPN EMEA Ltd. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  4. ^ Howell p159
  5. ^ "Desmond Connor". espn scrum. ESPN. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  • Howell, Max (2005) Born to Lead – Wallaby Test Captains, Celebrity Books, Auckland NZ

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Preceded by
Bob Davidson
Australian national rugby union captain
Succeeded by
Chilla Wilson
Preceded by
Alan Roper
Australian national rugby union coach
Succeeded by
Bob Templeton