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Eddie Stapleton
Australia
Full name Edgar Thomas Stapleton
Born November 21, 1930, Sutherland, NSW
Died November 13, 2005, Cronulla (aged 74 years 357 days)
Major teams Australia
Position Wing

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop GfM Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1951-1958 16 16 0 25 6 2 1 0 0 5 11 0 31.25
Bledisloe Cup 1951-1958 9 9 0 11 2 1 1 0 0 2 7 0 22.22

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Test debut Australia v New Zealand at Sydney, Jun 23, 1951 match details
Last Test New Zealand v Australia at Wellington, Aug 23, 1958 match details
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A powerful wing, Stapleton played 16 Tests for the Wallabies between 1951 and 1958. A servant of New South Wales and the St.George club, he played 236 games in Sydney club rugby and scored 144 tries. While not exceptionally quick he possessed strong try-scoring instincts and a great deal of determination. In 1960 Stapleton added a remarkable post-script to his career, becoming an All Black. While his eligibility as a genuine All Black has been questioned, Stapleton did indeed wear the black jersey during a tour match. The New Zealand side were light two players for a stop-over game against Queensland, with Stapleton and New South Wales' Maurice Graham stepping in. Stapleton scored the opening try in a big win.

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