Rugby's UQ alumni shine in sporting spotlight

1 Jan 2015

Queensland and Australian Rugby Union Hall of Fame inductee, Tom Lawton Senior, will be inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in Ireland on 18 November.

Lawton Senior is widely regarded as one of Australia's all-time rugby greats and was also a Wallaby captain and coach. His career spanned nearly 14 years, and played for Queensland, New South Wales, Australia, Oxford University (winning three Blues) and the Barbarians.

He was an influential figure in leading the renaissance of Queensland and Australian Rugby after World War I, where he served in The Great War with distinction. In 1919 following his service, he began his medical studies at the University of Queensland and was a member of the University of Queensland Rugby Football Club, however he transferred to the University of Sydney due to the Queensland Rugby Union hiatus that lasted until 1929. He was also a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.

Lawton played 14 Tests for Australia in the 1920 and 1930s as flyhalf, including seven as Captain and is credited with developing Australia’s running style of Rugby.

In other rugby news two UQ students and an alumnus have been recognised in the recent 2013 John Eales Medal awards night this week.

Con Foley and Curt Browning (both current students) have been recognised at the John Eales Medal national rugby awards.

Con Foley was awarded the Shawn Mackay Award – Qantas Sevens Player of the Year: and the Qantas Men’s Sevens Player of the Year. Curt received the Under 20s Player of the Year award.

Former UQ player, and current UQ lecturer in surgery, Dr Peter Myers (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, 77) won the Joe French Award for contributions to rugby.

Wallaby, UQ rugby legend and University of Queensland Rugby Football Club member, Michael Lynagh was inducted into the 2013 Wallaby Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to all UQ alumni and community recognised in this year’s suite of national and international rugby awards.