[Article 3901]Frank “The Big Man” Whitcombe.

Front cover of book

I received an email from Frank Whitcombes grand son Martin Whitcombe via well known

Australian Rugby League Historian Terry Williams.

See below.

Dear Sir,

I have just written a book on my Grand Father, Frank Whitcombe, rugby league career who was a prop forward during the 1930s and 40s. He was a member of the successful Indomitable tour of Australia in 1946, in the book is probably the most comprehensive account of this tour published to date. Would you mind ‘sharing ‘ the enclosed face book link, maybe the book would be of interest to some Australian Rugby League supporters?


Frank Whitcombe, ‘one of the greatest Welsh rugby league forwards of all time’, played for Bradford Northern, Wales, and Great Britain. This is the incredible story of a RL legend from Cardiff, who enjoyed a glittering career, winning the Challenge Cup three times, the Championship three times, was capped 14 times by Wales and starred in the 1946 ‘Indomitables’ GB Tour of Australia.

Thank you very much

Kind regards

Martin Whitcombe

I believe Frank Whitcombe had a few interesting battles with our own Arthur Clues.

Arthur in Wests jumper.

Arthur Clues playing for Wests before going to England to play with Leeds.

NSW Jumper of Arthur Clues

Arthur’s NSW jumper given to Big Frank.

Arthur photo

Arthur Clues holding cup 1969.

Thats Arthur Clues on the left.

Below is a Video clip of NSW playing against Great Britain @ the SCG 1946.

Click on link to view.


nsw v gb 1946 @scg

Frank Whitcombe tackling Arthur Clues.

Frank on the run.

The Big Man on the run for Bradford Northern.

Frank putting on boots

Frank toured Australia with the 1946 Lions.

1946 GB jumper.

Franks Great Britain jumper.

1946 GB jumper Badge.

Close up of Badge.

See Frank Whitcombe score a try at the SCG against Australia.

First Test.

Click on link to view.


1948 tour SMH photo

Frank and his team mates before the First test match in Sydney.

SCG 1st Test 1948 crowd scene

Part of the huge crowd of 64,527 @ the SCG.

(I think it maybe the old Sheridan Stand??)

Story about Frank returning to Aussie

What might have happened.

(A report from the SMH.)

If you would like to purchase the book which covers the 1946 Lions Tour.

Just click on the face book link below.



Wests cartoon 1948 SMH

What Wests were up to in 1946.

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