Eric Hughes

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Eric Hughes is an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1960s, '70s and '80s, and coach of the 1980s and '90s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, and England, and at club level for Widnes, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, St. Helens, and Rochdale Hornets, as a Wing, Centre, or Stand-off/Five-eighth, i.e. number 2 or 5, or, 3 or 4, or 6, and coaching at club level for Widnes, Rochdale Hornets, St. Helens, Leigh, and Wigan Warriors. He unwittingly added confusion to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs team as he was unrelated but played at the same time as the three Hughes brothers Garry, Graeme and Mark.

Playing career

International honours

Eric Hughes won caps for England while at Widnes in the 1975 Rugby League World Cup against Wales, France, New Zealand, Australia (sub), Australia, in 1977 against France, in 1978 against France, and Wales, and in 1979 against Wales, and France,[1] and won caps for Great Britain while at Widnes in 1978 against Australia, in 1979 against Australia (3 matches), and New Zealand (3 matches), and in 1982 against Australia.[2]

Challenge Cup final appearances

Eric Hughes played Stand-off/Five-eighth in Widnes' 14-7 victory over Warrington in the 1974–75 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 10 May 1975, played Centre, i.e. number 3 in the 5-20 defeat to St. Helens in the 1975–76 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 8 May 1976, and played Stand-off/Five-eighth in the 7-16 defeat to Leeds in the 1976–77 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 7 May 1977, an played in the 7-16 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1978–79 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 5 May 1979, the 18-9 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1980–81 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 2 May 1981, the 14-14 draw with Hull in the 1981–82 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 1 May 1982, the 9-18 defeat to Hull in the 1981–82 Challenge Cup final replay at Elland Road, Leeds on Wednesday 19 May 1982, and the 19-6 victory over Wigan in the 1983–84 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 5 May 1984.

Coaching career

Hughes coached Rochdale for the 1987/88 season. He was coach of St. Helens from January 1994 until January 1996. In 1996, he was appointed head coach at Leigh, he was replaced by Keith Latham. He went on to coach Wigan Warriors, replacing Graeme West in February, 1997.

References

  1. "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2011. http://www.englandrl.co.uk/statistics/player_records?search=Hughes&submit=Go&c=England. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2011. http://www.englandrl.co.uk/statistics/player_records?search=Hughes&submit=Go&c=GB. Retrieved 1 January 2012.

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