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Roger Gould (rugby)

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Full name  Roger Gould
Years  Club / team
Caps  (points)
Weight  95 kg
Position  Fullback
Club / team  Caps
Height  1.93 m
Date of birth  (1957-04-04) 4 April 1957 (age 59)

Roger Gould was a fullback for both Queensland and the Wallabies. He first played for Queensland in 1978 and for Australia in 1980. His last match for Australia was in the 1987 World Cup.

Gould's career was significantly limited by injury.

Gould was elected to the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame in 2009 and added to the Queensland team of the century.

Place in History

Former Australian winger David Campese in On a Wing and a Prayer wrote of Gould that:

Campese further writes in Campo: Still Entertaining that:

Former Australian five-eighth Mark Ella writes in Path to Victory that:

In Path to Victory Mark Ella compared Roger Gould to Serge Blanco by writing that:

Former Australian coach Alan Jones has called Gould the best player he ever coached. In Wallaby Gold: The History of Australian Test Rugby Jones is recorded as saying that, "...my best player, I think, was Roger Gould. If your defensive line is going to hold up, the opposition are going to roof it, and you've just got to have someone who's absolutely rock-solid. Gould was a flawless. He was a freak. He did did wonderful things."

In Ella: The Definitive Biography Alan Jones is documented as saying:

Former Australian flanker Simon Poidevin in For Love Not Money wrote of Gould that, 'I say emphatically here and now that Gould is the best fullback I’ve ever played with or against, and I’d never leave him out of any side for which he was available. As a fullback, he was without peer.'

Former Australian dual-international Michael O'Connor in The Best of Both Worlds wrote of Gould that, 'The fact is, Roger Gould is the best fullback I’ve ever played with. He would take the bomb ninety-nine times out of one hundred and he wouldn’t just take it, he would hurt people while he was doing it. Usually, you feel confident about creaming a fullback taking a high ball, but if you tried it with Roger, you would end up with six studs in your face. He was so strong and aggressive. He put his foot up and he just couldn’t be moved.’

In Path to Victory rugby writer Terry Smith describes Gould thus:

References

Roger Gould (rugby) Wikipedia


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