Adrian Toole

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Adrian Toole
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Personal information
Full name Adrian James Toole
Born (1965-06-12) 12 June 1965 (age 53)
Forbes, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1985–95 North Sydney Bears 130 8 0 0 32
Source: [1]

Adrian James Toole (born 12 June 1965) is an Australian former professional rugby league player of the 1980s and 1990s. He played for the North Sydney Bears, primarily as a prop.

Playing career

A Forbes junior, Toole trialed with the North Sydney Bears in 1985. Later that year, he made his first grade debut under the coaching of former North Sydney and St. George forward Brian Norton in round 24 of the 1985 season against the Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval, and for 8 seasons from 1988 was a permanent first grade player and North Sydney stalwart.[2]

During Toole's tenure with the Bears, the club's fortunes turned around. They went from being easybeats (not having won a premiership since 1922) to title contenders. They finished one game shy of qualifying for the club's first Grand Final appearance since 1943, losing both the 1991 and 1994 preliminary finals to the Canberra Raiders. Toole however won a Reserve Grade premiership with Norths in 1993. Toole retired at the end of the 1995 season after his side's 20-10 loss to the Newcastle Knights in the first week of the 1995 finals series. He played 130 games for the Bears and scored 8 tries.[3]

Post playing

In 2006, Toole narrowly missed out on selection in North Sydney's Team of the Century. Gary Larson and Billy Wilson were instead chosen as props.[4]

References

  1. ^ RL Project
  2. ^ "Bears History & Legends". North Sydney Bears. Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
  3. ^ Whitticker, Alan and Hudson, Glen; The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players, p. 553. ISBN 1-875169-76-8
  4. ^ "Norths Team of the Century". Archived from the original on 3 September 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
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