THEY were coached by former Wallaby Ron Harvey, boasted the strike power of Wallaby Keith Walsham in the centres and the grunt of Brian O’Shea up front and were years ahead of their time.
The triumphant 1962 University side will celebrate its 50-year anniversary with a reunion for the Students’ clash against The Waratahs at Bernie Curran Oval No.1 Oval on Saturday.
Captained by O’Shea, the 1962 Uni outfit won the minor and major premierships undefeated and is arguably the best in the history of the NHRU.
Spearheaded by Walsham, who toured New Zealand and South Africa with the Wallabies in 1962-63, the students’ backline included Bernie Adcock, Allan McGowan, Brian Chapman, Bruce Wilson and John Holt.
They were fed by a dominant pack led by O’Shea and the power of Bill Coulter, Ross Considine, Ron Dayman, Ross Bruwell, John Hughes and Justin Davies.
‘‘I think are three or four teams in the history of NHRU who have gone through undefeated. That was our moment in the sun,’’ said O’Shea, who went on to become a world-renowned coach and remains a prominent figure while maintaining his lines with University.
‘‘We had that confidence and the other things was the fact that Ron Harvey pushed us to use the ball, use the ball.
‘‘He understood the game and had a great attitude in terms of using the ball. If we were behind we kept going until we got in front.’’
The reunion, which encompasses 1961 premiership side, is the first time the group have formally come together since their halcyon days.
Uni and The Tahs will compete for the inaugural Keith Walsham-Cyril Burke Premiership Series over the four grades. There will be a reunion lunch on Sunday.