Queensland Rugby stalwart Dick Marks has been inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the sport both on and off the field.
A 17-cap Wallaby, Marks’ influence on Australian Rugby, in particularly coaching, has been profound.
Born in Bundaberg in 1942, Marks was educated at Brisbane Grammar School and played club Rugby for the University of Queensland upon finishing school.
The talented centre quickly impressed and debuted for Queensland in 1962, scoring a try in his first match against New Zealand.
Marks would go on to play 36 games for his state, captaining the side in a career that spanned 10-years and saw Queensland rise as a Rugby power in Australia.
At just 20-years old and with only four matches in the maroon jersey under his belt, Marks was chosen to make his Test debut for Australia in 1962 against New Zealand.
Marks went on to dominate the Australian midfield over the next six-years, playing in 17 of the Wallabies’ 20 Tests and helping to inflict the All Blacks’ largest ever losing margin in New Zealand in 1964.
Upon finishing his career, Marks joined the Australian Rugby coaching ranks, with his tactical nous and technical proficiency driving the game upwards.
Marks was named the National Director of Coaching in 1974, before later becoming the first Rothman’s Rugby Coaching Director as he helped to lift the standards of both coaches and players in Australia and the resulting success during the 1980’s and 90’s.
He also served on the Queensland Rugby Union Board.
Marks joins an illustrious group of Queensland Rugby figures in the Hall of Fame, including Jules Guerassimoff, John Eales, Tim Horan, Roger Gould, Tony Shaw and Bob Templeton.