Harry Wells inducted into Sports Australia Hall of Fame

HE played the last game in his celebrated rugby league career in Taree in 1970.

Now Harry Wells has been inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame.

Harry Wells

Harry Wells

Wells, a patron of the Mid North Coast NSW Men of League, was a flint-hard centre who, with the incomparable Reg Gasnier formed one of the greatest combinations to play for Australia. 

“Reg and I just seemed to fall into a pattern where he knew what I was going to do and I knew what he was going to do,” Wells said.

“That’s why we were so compatible. He was the best of the best - there’s no risk about that. I was only too pleased to play inside of him.”

In his first year in Sydney, having moved from Wollongong, Wells played in the 1951 premiership-winning side with South Sydney in their 42-14 win over Manly alongside Clive Churchill.

“I was picked as a reserve grader and the only time I played first grade was when someone was injured,” Wells, now 84, recalled.

He later played with Western Suburbs. 

Wells retired from the game he loves in 1972 at the age of 40 after two decades in the game.

“I then got talked into playing for Goulburn,” he said.

“Young rang me up and I coached them to a premiership and then I went to Longreach and they were wooden spooners and we got to the final and then I went to Port Macquarie and they hadn’t been to a grand final for years either and I took them to the grand final as well.”

Wells is also the patron of the Mid North Coast NSW Men of League.


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