Bob Bugden


Bob Bugden

Infobox rugby league biography
playername = Bob Bugden
fullname = Robert Bugden
nickname = Bugs



caption =
position = rlp|HB
dateofbirth = birth year and age|1936
placeofbirth = Murwillimbah
countryofbirth = Australia
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weight =
club1 = leagueicon|St. George Dragons|16 St. George Dragons
year1start = 1956
year1end = 1961
appearances1 = 135
tries1 = 57
goals1 = 0
fieldgoals1 = 0
points1 = 171
club2 = leagueicon|Parramatta Eels|16 Parramatta Eels
year2start = 1962
year2end = 1965
appearances2 = 74
tries2 = 15
goals2 = 33
fieldgoals2 = 0
points2 = 111
teamA = leagueicon|New South Wales|16 New South Wales
yearAstart = 1960
yearAend = 1964
appearancesA = 2
triesA = 0
goalsA = 1
fieldgoalsA = 0
pointsA = 2
teamB = leagueicon|Australia|16 Australia
yearBstart = 1959
yearBend = 1960
appearancesB = 2
triesB = 4
goalsB = 0
fieldgoalsB = 0
pointsB = 12
source = [http://rugbyleagueproject.com/players/Bob_Bugden.html Rugby League Project] and [http://www.yesterdayshero.com.au/PlayerProfile_Bob-Bugden_1409.aspx Yesterday's Hero]

Bob Bugden (born 1936, Murwillumbah, New South Wales) is an Australian former rugby league player. He was a halfback with the St. George Dragons in the first half of their 11-year consecutive premiership winning run from 1956 to 1966. He was also a representative in the Australian national team in 1959 and 1960, making two test appearances.

Early years

Bugden grew up in northern New South Wales and attended Murwillimbah High School where he played rugby union. He moved to Sydney aged 15 as a cadet with the Commonwealth Bank and was posted to Wollongong where he played under-18 rugby league for Nowra-Shellharbour. Back in Sydney a year later he played with the Sutherland Woronora junior league side and a St George fourth grade rugby union side. He was a champion beach sprinter with the Cronulla Surf Club, winning three national beach flags titles.

t George career

He played with the St George Dragons' Presidents Cup side in 1954 aged 18 and late that season appeared in reserve grade. He made his first grade debut still aged 18 in the Dragon's premiership semi-final victory over North Sydney in 1954 and two weeks later appeared and scored a try in the final against Newtown which St George lost 27-3. His first full year in first grade was in 1955, learning the ropes against the powerful South Sydney Rabbitohs champion outfit to whom his side again bowed out in the premiership final with Bugden again scoring a try.

He was the Dragons' first choice half-back for the first six of their consecutive premiership victories from 1959-61 and played 135 club games (133 1st grade), scoring 56 tries for the club.

After St George signed George Evans in 1961 as a potential halfback, Bugden sought an open transfer and was allowed to leave at the end of the season. He followed his Dragons' coach and captain Ken Kearney to Parramatta where he played a further four seasons, often as vice-captain

Representative career

Budgen made his state representative debut in 1960 and again represented for New South Wales from the Parramatta club in 1964. In Bugden's representative career he was vying against the incumbent national half-back, Queenslander Barry Muir, who was generally preferred by selectors. At the latter end of Bugden's career Arthur Summons was the test half.

Budgen was picked for the 1959 Kangaroo tour and played in five tour matches but no tests. He was selected in the 1960 World Cup squad and although he did not play in any tournament matches, made two tour match appearances for Australia after the World Cup. Bugden made his Test debut in the 1960 domestic series against France for the 2nd Test in Brisbane. He scored three tries on debut in Australia's 56-10 routing of France and backed up for the 3rd Test where he again crossed for a try.

Post playing

Post football, Budgen worked in the club and hotel industry before finding business success in real estate sales.

ources

* Writer, Larry (1995) "Never Before, Never Again", Pan MacMillan, Sydney
* Andrews, Malcolm (2006) "The ABC of Rugby League" Australian Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney


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