Rugby league pioneer Lionel Morgan gained admiration for his accomplishments both on and off the field.
Morgan played two Tests in Australia’s home series against France in 1960 and afterwards traveled to England for the World Cup as the first Indigenous player to represent Australia in rugby league.
He was a Wynnum Manly Seagulls player between 1959 and 1967. He was a Tweed Seagulls club product and played just for Wynnum Manly Seagulls in Queensland.
His six tries against Souths at Davies Park in 1964 still stand as the club record for the most tries in a single game. He served as Wynnum’s captain and coach from 1965 to 1967.
Lionel Morgan (rugby) wife: Who is Laura Morgan?
For 63 years, Morgan and his wife Laura were wed. He was a fantastic role model who helped Indigenous youth who were going through difficult times while never using alcohol or tobacco and always providing a positive example. Lionel got the honor of scoring the first try at Kougari Oval when it was opened for its maiden game in 1967.