John Coveney

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John Coveney is an Australian former rugby league player - a state representative and premiership winning forward whose club career was with the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Western Suburbs Magpies.[1]

Club career

From Narromine, New South Wales Coveney was playing with Goulburn United when he was selected in Country Seconds in 1977. He was lured to Sydney to join the Canterbury Bulldogs during the 1977 NSWRFL season and went on to make 100 first grade appearances at the club between 1977 and 1983.[2]

He played in Canterbury's 1977 semi-final loss to Parramatta and featured throughout his club's successful 1979 NSWRFL season though he missed the Grand final with a leg injury. He was an integral part of the club's stellar 1980 season including their Grand final win over Easts.[3]

In 1984 he was one of Wests major signings for the year. He made twelve first grade appearances for the Magpies.

State representative

In 1979 Coveney was selected in the New South Wales Rugby League team for the annual series against Queensland and he made three appearances for his State in matches played under the "state of residence" selection criteria. In the 1982 State of Origin series - the first full 3 match series played under the Origin selection criteria - he made two appearances for New South Wales at prop forward.[4]



  1. Whiticker/Hudson p. 104
  2. Whiticker/Hudson p. 104
  3. Haddan p. 215
  4. Whiticker/Hudson p. 104