Melbourne University Rugby Club was the original Club of Victoria’s most well known player, Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop. Weary originally commenced playing in 4th grade after being invited to the Club by Gordon Sturtridge and then rose through the Club to play 1st Grade before representing Victoria and eventually Australia. After graduating, Weary was heavily involved with the formation of the Melbourne Rugby Club, as only students were allowed to play for MURFC at the time. Whilst much is made of his playing career, few realise that Weary was also President of the Club during the golden era of the 1950s.
Weary is a true role model for our Club. He commenced playing rugby with the Club and achieved representative honours. However he continued his involvement after retiring and made the Club a better place through his efforts as an administrator. His influence on the Club was shown through the work of Mike Phelan and then Peter Hone and the teams of the 50’s and 60’s.
Other members of MURFC who have represented Australia include:
- Gordon Sturtridge (1929, 32,33)
- George Pearson (1939)
- Dr Geoffery Vaughan ((1957,58)
- John Cocks (1958)