Pat Jarvis

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Pat Jarvis is an Australian former rugby league footballer, a state and national representative front-row Forward.

Early life

Pat Jarvis was born on 24 March 1957 and grew up in Arncliffe.

He attended St Francis Xavier's School before moving to Kingsgrove's De La Salle College and finished his Higher School Certificate at Bankstown's Benilde High School.

Pat spent 5 years in the Transport Industry coordinating between shipping and air freight, general cargo, container work and local and interstate logistics before joining the NSW Police Force in 1978, working as a policeman on the streets of Newtown for five years. The next three years, he worked with the Newtown Police Youth Club before retiring from the Police Force.

Club career

Pat was an avid Rugby League player in the Juniors for Arncliffe Scots, and was graded with the St George Dragons in 1976, playing 11 seasons with the club as a Forward. He was Forward in the 1985 Grand Final for the Dragons. Pat played with the St George Dragons until 1986.

His sixteen-year club career was played at four Sydney clubs New South Wales Rugby League premiership - the St. George Dragons, Canterbury Bulldogs, Eastern Suburbs Roosters and North Sydney Bears.

Pat spent a year in Britain, playing with St Helens RLFC in 1986-87.

When Pat returned to Sydney in 1987, he joined Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and went on to regain his State of Origin Jumper. Pat, himself, was injured mid-season. A full knee reconstruction meant he missed the end of the season.

In 1988, Pat joined the Eastern Suburbs Roosters to play 37 games from 1988-89. Although not back to his best yet, Pat was awarded Clubman of the Year in 1989. In 1990, he joined North Sydney Bears to play 44 games between 1990 and 1991.

Pat was later Captain-Coach for Mudgee.

Representative career

Pat debuted for the New South Wales Blues in State of Origin for game I of 1984 and played all three matches that year and in 1985 with two later appearances in 1987, a total of 8 State of Origin matches.

His Australian representative appearance was a Test match on the 1983 tour of New Zealand.

In 2008, Rugby League's Centennial Year in Australia, he was named in the NSW Police Team of the Century.


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