|Internationals||21 caps between 1906 and 1912
|Inducted||England v Italy (February 10, 2007)
Place of Birth: Randwick
Internationals: 20 caps between 1946 and 1952
Inducted: England v Australia (November 15, 2008)
The following article has been adapted from the original by Dai Llewellyn, which focused on two players. It has been changed to highlight only the selected inductee’s information.
Colin Windon, regarded as one of Australia’s finest breakaway forwards, was nicknamed ‘Breeze’, because he ran like the wind.
He marked his solitary appearance at HQ, and indeed his only Test against England, in memorable fashion, scoring two tries in an 11-0 win over the home team. It was a cold, wet January day but the athletic and extremely mobile Windon entertained a crowd of 70,000 and his two first-half scores effectively sealed the match before half-time.
Windon amassed a total of 11 tries in his 20 Tests for his country, a record that was unsurpassed for three decades. He went on to captain the Wallabies in two Tests against New Zealand in 1951. He also played 26 games for New South Wales and a total of 98 for his club, Randwick.
Sadly Windon died shortly before his 82nd birthday in 2003, but Australian rugby will always remember the ‘Breeze’ as the greatest attacking breakaway forward in Wallaby history.
Article by Dai Llewellyn