John Raper

 

Johnny Raper, the Irrepressible Chook, has been rated one of the greatest locks the game has ever produced. He was the perfect blend of dedication, skills and toughness - a peerless tackler, superb ball player, and excellent tactician.

When he joined St George in 1959, it was the beginning of a marvellous partnership. He was magnificent in his initial season with the Dragons and played for NSW, for Australia in all three Tests against New Zealand, and was a member of Saints unbeaten premiership winning team. He capped this off with selection as a Kangaroo to tour England and France.

 

He captained Australia in the 1968 World Cup and set a record for Test matches in France with 12 appearances..

The highlight of his career would have to be his performance in the Second Test at Swinton in 1963. Chang says,

"It was the best game of football you have ever seen a bloke play. He had a hand in nine of our 12 tries and he put me in for a couple. We just smashed the Poms."

The Roos annihilated England 50-12 and this victory led to Australia winning the Ashes. This was the first all-Australian team to achieve this honour.

Chook has never lost his love of rugby league and will always be remembered as one of the greatest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAREER STATISTICS

 
Games
Tries
Goals
Points
Club Career
       
Newtown 1957-1958
35
10
-
30
St George 1959-1969
180
47
4 f/g
149
v. touring sides 1962-1963
2
-
-
-
Western Suburbs, Newcastle 1970-1972
32
4
1f/g
14
Kurri Kurri 1973-1974
24
4
-
12
Total
273
65
5f/g
205
         
Representative Career
       
City versus Country 1958-1970    
 
City Seconds1958-1970
2
1
3
City Firsts 1959-1968
8
-
Country Firsts 1970
2
-
1f/g
2
Total
12
1
1f/g
5
 
Sydney 1958-1966
v. touring sides
6
2
6
         
Newcastle 1970        
Country Divisional Championship 1970
2
3
-
9
v. touring sides 1970
1
-
-
-
Total
3
3
-
9
         
New South Wales Colts 1958        
v. touring sides 1958
1
-
-
-
         
New South Wales 1959-1970
v.Queensland 1959-1970
24
5
-
15
v. touring sides 1959-1967
7
2
6
Other matches 1965
1
-
-
-
Total
32
7
21
     
 
Australia 1959-1968
Tests 1959-1967
33
9
-
27
World Cup1960-1968
6
2
1
6
Tour matches 1959-1967
34
13
-
39
Total
73
24
-
72
     
 
GRAND TOTAL
400
102
6f/g
318