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Title: ... p85 - Roger Millward - Memories on The Dodger by Steve, Nelson, NZ

So reluctantly Roger was sold to Hull Kingston Rovers in 1966. He played until 1980

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Steve, Nelson in New Zealand

Hull K.R.

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11/06/2004

From Quigs ------ this is an email sent to me from Steve in New Zealand......"Thanks mate".

Quigs

Nay Lad, Roger never played for the Saints. He only ever played for two clubs. He was spotted playing seven a side league and signed up for Castleford his home town. He was an apprentice electrician at a nearby coalpit. Although he was a top player and actually played for GB in 1966 he couldn't hold a full time place in the Castleford team. They had the current GB stand off and 66 tourist Alan Hardisty and his friend Keith Hepworth as scrum half. Plus another very talented half back in Derek Edwards, a real over supply of riches in the half back department. He had made his debut in 1963 against Dewsbury.

So reluctantly Roger was sold to Hull Kingston Rovers in 1966. He played until 1980 for them and then took over as coach. His career really ended at Wembly 1980 when he had his jaw broken by Ron Wyleman in the final against Hull FC. It was the third break over the years. He played 406 games for Hull KR, scored 207 tries, kicked 597 goals and 10 drop goals for 1825 points.

He beat Frank Mylers try scoring record for a stand off in the 67-68 season with 38 tries. Fellow international Alan Burwell was over the try line when he passed to Roger to break the record, a moment few who saw it will forget. He scored 20 points in the second test of the 1970 series at the Sydney cricket ground with 2 tries and 7 goals to equal the record set by Lewis Jones as GB won 28-7.

He was awarded the MBE some time later. He toured Australia/NZ in 1968 for the World cup, 1970, 1974, 1975 for England in the world cup, 1978 for GB in the world cup and 1979 when he didn't play many games before he was sent home injured. He captained GB in the home series against the Kiwi's in 1971 unfortunately the Kiwi's won the first two tests narrowly and became the first Kiwi team to beat GB in the Uk. To my knowledge he never captained them again. He played scrum half, stand off, center and wing for GB.

The Hull KR club have just had a night with Roger as guest.

He was certainly a great player with much natural talent. He had a storming game for Hull KR in 1967 when they beat the touring Australian side (second team players mostly) 27-15. I sent the program for that game to be auctioned for the club last year. Joe McDonald scored a hat trick for the Aussie's, Les Johns was full back.

Steve in NZ


Appears in the following pages ....P85_Roger MILLWARD
Date of posting ... 05-May-2004
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