One of Australia’s greatest rugby league players of the 20th century was Lionel Morgan, an Indigenous Australian who played from 12 August 1938 to 16 September 2023. In addition, he coached. The first Indigenous Australian to be chosen for a recognized rugby league Test match was Morgan.
Morgan, a member of the New South Wales Schoolboy Representative team, transferred from Tweed Heads to Wynnum-Manly to compete in the Brisbane Rugby League Premiership. He was chosen for the French tour of Australia’s second and third Test matches in 1960.
On his first international outing, he scored two tries. He participated in one game for Australia in the 1960 World Cup, again against France, at Wigan, at the conclusion of the 1960 campaign.
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