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Title: ... p47 - John O'Neill on rigging -v- New Guinea

John O'Neill on Match rigging....


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John O'Neill on rigging the first try scorers on an end of season trip with Souths to New Guinea

South Sydney, Manly Warringah

1966 -72


courtesy of Tony Adams great book The Hitmen - A tribute to League's tough guys.

"We used to have a lot of fun on and off the field. Once we went up to New Guinea for our end of season trip and wanted to make some money for our drinking fund.

So in a match against the locals, we rigged the first try scorers. We passed the word to let one of their blokes score but Gary Stevens had cauliflower ears and didn't hear the message.

We all let this bloke past us before Gary hammered him with a beauty. But he finally got the message and the next time the Papuan got the ball, he ran 70 metres to score.

There were Souths Players missing tackles left, right and centre, and this guy thought he was another Reg Gasnier.

Appears in the following pages ....P47_John O'NEILL
Date of posting ... 12-May-2006
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