Vale Ernie Hills.
*Wests Player number 540 (1956).
Wallaby number 373 (1950) 2 Test.
1930 – 2020
Ernie who was 90, played for the Magpies in 1956 & 1957
These statistics below are from the Wests Archives via Geoff Ibbett.
I have great confidence that Ernie Hills’ full record is –
1956 = 15 games, 8 tries
1957 = 15 games, 11 tries
Ernie was a champion sprinter who came to Australia for better coaching.
In 1950 he was selected from Victoria to play in two Tests for Australia against the touring British Isles Rugby Union team.
Ernie in 1950
Ernie bottom left of team photo
Ernie Hills playing his first First grade game for Wests.
Note: Wests 29 beat Canterbury 10 and Ernie scored a try.
“Ernie Hills, former Rugby Union international, impressed on the wing for Wests with limited chances.
He ran hard and fast, scored an excellent try, and paved the way for one of O’Shea’s tries.” SMH 3.4.56
Ernie on the fly…
L-R Bill Carson, Bob Honeysett, Keith Holman, Nev Charlton and Ernie Hills.
Don Graham and Ernie “Nigger” Hills at the 2018 PPM reunion
Ernie enjoying himself with Ray Culpan (left) and Mick Liubinskas
In 2017 it was my honour to interview Ernie and the full Ernie Hills Story appears below this Vale on the PPM Homepage.