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Clive Churchill

Year inducted: 2017

True Blue number: 415

Born: January 21, 1927, Newcastle, NSW

Clubs: South Sydney Rabbitohs

Position: Fullback

Premiership career: (1947-58) 157 games, 13 tries, 77 goals, 193 points

First Grade debut: South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Newtown Bluebags at Erskineville Oval, Sydney on 16 August, 1947

Representative honours: Australia 37 Tests (1948-56); NSW 27 Interstate Matches (1948-57)

Other honours: Rugby League Immortal 1981, NRL Hall of Fame 2002, ARL Team of the Century 2008, NSW Team of the Century 2008, NSWRL Player of the Year 1950-51, 1953

Known as “The Little Master”, Clive Churchill belied his small frame to revolutionise fullback play. Although an outstanding defender and canny kicker it was his running game that set him apart and saw him lauded as the finest player the game had seen up until then. His career highlights are almost too many to list but include success at every level as both a player and coach. The 1950 Third Test, when he led Australia to reclaim the Ashes for the first time in 30 years, remains his signature moment.