Jim was a fierce 2nd rower who never took a backwards step.
Whether he pulled on a Club jersey, or a State Jersey, he only had one speed, and gave his all for his teammates around him.
After his playing days, he moved into various coaching roles, particularly focusing on School Boy Rugby. His work in this area saw him deservedly receive an OAM for his services to teaching and rugby union.
Here is a brief snapshot of Jim’s achievements:
• Member of Teachers Premiership B Grade side 1960.
• Member of inaugural 1st Grade side in 1961.
• 1st Grade 1961-1968, 1970-1971.
• 1st Grade coach 1969.
• 1st Grade captain 1965-1968.
• Toured New Zealand with 1963 Queensland side. Represented Queensland on a number of occasions 1963-1965. Captained a Brisbane XV.
• Member of Norths Rugby Club’s management committee throughout the period as a player and coach.
• Life member of the North Brisbane Rugby Union Club.
• Very successful schoolboy coach, 1st XV coach at Brisbane State High School from late 60’s until the end of 1970’s. Secured a number of G.P.S Premierships.
• Coached Queensland Schoolboy‘s team 1973, 74, 75.
• Assistant coach of Australian Schoolboy‘s Team 1977.
• President of Australian Schools Rugby Union 1982-1992.
• Member of the Q.R.U management committee 1972-1982.
• Life member of the Q.R.U.
• 2008 Awarded in Queens birthday honours, Order of Australia Medal for service to education through leadership, teaching and rugby coaching roles.
• 2019 awarded Club Legend status for North Brisbane Rugby Club.