Ross McKinnon

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Ross McKinnon (1914-1962) was an Australian rugby league footballer and coach. Born in Sydney, New South Wales, he played for the University, Eastern Suburbs, New South Wales and for the Australian national side.

Playing career

McKinnon, who attended Sydney Boys High, graduating in 1932,[1] started playing at the University club as a five-eighth. He then joined Eastern Suburbs and played with them for four seasons between 1935-1938, and won two premierships with them in 1935 and 1937.

McKinnon was selected to go on the 1937-38 Kangaroo tour.[2] He is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 195. [3]

After McKinnon finished playing in Australia's major rugby league competition - the NSWRL he moved to the more rural locality of Cessnock, New South Wales where the Centre played out the remainder of his career as the captain coach of that side. He took them to a Newcastle Rugby League's grand final victory in 1941.[4]

Post playing

McKinnon later returned to Sydney and coached Canterbury-Bankstown, taking them to the play-offs in 1946 and in 1947 to the Grand final.[5] He also coached North Sydney in 1952, 1953 and 1959.

In 1962, at the age of 48, following an operation on a brain tumor he died of coronary occlusion.[6]

His great grandson, Wade McKinnon, became a National Rugby League player for the Wests Tigers club.

In 2011, the Cessnock club's centenary year, McKinnon was named at centre in a Cessnock 'Team of the Century'.[7]


  2. Whiticker, Alan. "Ross McKinnon". Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson and Bill Bates. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  3. ARL Annual Report 2005, page 53
  4. "Club History". Cessnock Rugby League Football Club. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  5. "Ross McKinnon". Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  6. "Ross McKinnon". SmartPack International. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  7. Leeson, John (30 May 2011). "Ton of talent from Cessnock club honoured". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 30 November 2011.