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Sporting Person: CURLEY, TERENCE GEORGE, Rugby Union
Curley, Terry
Type Sporting Person
Sport Details Rugby Union
Member of the Sporting Hall of Fame Yes
Biography Curley, a son of a publican, attended Marist Brothers school at Hamilton and later to St Joseph's College in Sydney. Curley developed his skills while playing for St Joseph's, there he went to captain the Joey's Premiership Team in 1955. After he left school Curley studied chemical engineering for three years and played for the Wanderers in Newcastle.
In 1957, he progressed from the NSW Country XV to the State side and made his test debut in Sydney against New Zealand, he had not yet turned 19. In 1958 Curley was selected in the Australian Test team to play against the Maoris in Brisbane and again to tour New Zealand towards the end of the season. New Zealand critics praised the young fullback for his prodigious kicking and flawless ball handling skills. From his return from New Zealand, Curley announced his retirement from football to enter the Marist Brothers.
Curley went to University for six years to train for Brotherhood, when he graduated he was posted to Marist Brothers College in Brisbane. While he was at Brisbane he coached players including Michael Flynn and Robbie Wood, who later became internationals. After six years at Ashgrove Curley returned to his old school St Joseph were he continued his coaching and later went on to be the deputy-headmaster. Curley was dealing with health problems while he was at St Josephs and doctors had advised him to have a complete change in life. Curley then decided to return to University to study law, already obtaining degrees in philosophy and science. Curley is now a solicitor and living in Port Macquarie.
Achievements STATE:
1957: NSW vs Queensland
NSW vs New Zealand All Blacks
NSW Country vs City, Victoria, South Australia
1958: NSW vs Queensland
NSW vs New Zealand Maoris
Nsw Country vs City
1957: Australia vs Rest (Wallaby Trials)
Australia vs New Zealand All Blacks
Wallaby Tour of U.K (5 tests)
1958: Australia vs New Zealand Maoris (2 tests)
Australia vs New Zealand All Blacks (2 tests)
Curley, Terry in the clear at Twickenham
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