Condolences from all at Randwick Rugby to the family and friends of Denis O'Callaghan who passed away recently.
Born 1939 in Nyngan, O'Callaghan came to the Randwick Club from the bush in 1961.
Originally a centre and fly half, he switched to flanker, where he played most of his 68 Club games from 1961 to 1967 and during which he scored 20 tries [60 points], missing the 1964 season when he was out of Sydney. He played in the Randwick first grade sides which won the 1965 and 1966 grand finals, represented NSW twice in 1966 and was a member of the 1966/67 Wallaby team which toured Britain and France but he did not play in a Test match. He joined the St George rugby league club at the start of the 1968 season. His son Tim writes "He loved his time and treasured the mates he made playing with Randwick and it was a huge honour for him to pull on the Green Jersey for so many years. We are very saddened at his sudden and tragic passing."
Above: The seven Randwick players selected on the Wallabies 1966-67 Tour.
Denis O'Callaghan, Phil Smith, John Brass, Ken Catchpole, John Francis, Peter Johnson, Tony Moore
Between October 1966 and February 1967 the Wallabies conducted a world tour on which they played five Tests and thirty-one minor tour matches. Under the captaincy of John Thornett they toured UK, Ireland, France and Canada winning nineteen matches, losing fourteen and drawing three. They defeated Wales at Cardiff in the opening Test 14 - 11, enjoyed a convincing win against a full strength Barbarians also at Cardiff and in the Test match against England they gave the home side its heaviest defeat in 16 years.
Prior to departure, the Australian Rugby Almanac picked its Australian fifteen of 1966 including Denis O’Callaghan.