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Rugby League's First Giant: George Treweek

Name: Albert George Treweek   D.O.B: 31 March 1905
Birthplace: Grahamstown, NSW Nickname: Arms and Legs
Position: Second Row Club Debut: Round 6 1926 vs. Western Suburbs, Sydney Cricket Ground
Club Games: 119 Club Points: 117 (39 tries)

George Treweek was one of the giants of Rugby League - in more ways than one.

Heralding from Grahamstown, just an hour east of Wagga Wagga, Treweek made his South Sydney debut in 1926, playing his part in a 15-2 victory over the Western Suburbs Magpies.

Standing at an imposing 188cm, Treweek is regarded as one of the biggest forwards of his time, known for tearing defences apart with his large frame and destructive ball running.

Affectionately nicknamed 'Arms and Legs' for his gangly style of play, the hulking forward played a huge part in Souths' first 'Golden Era' of the 1920s and 1930s, playing in six premiership winning seasons in seven years between 1926 and 1932.

Treweek eventually captained Souths to their last title of the 'Golden Era' in 1932, ironically against the team he first faced in Cardinal and Myrtle, guiding his side to the Club's eleventh premiership in the 19-12 win.

Regarded by those who saw him play as one of the finest back-rowers of all time, Treweek also went on to represent Australia, playing seven Tests and being a part of the 1929-30 Kangaroo Tour and also played 26 games for NSW.

In past Rugby League annals, Treweek was listed in Rugby League Week's Top 100 Players and features in South Sydney's very own Dream Team.

Despite his destructive nature on the field, Treweek was a gentle giant off of the field.

Working as a butcher through the week, so humble was his demeanour, that some say he didn't have the heart to correct the misspelling of his name (written as Treweeke) until after he had retired. 

George Treweek - a giant of the game both in stature and prowess. 

Career Milestones

Premierships: 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932
Kangaroo Tour: 1929-30
South Sydney Captain
Rated 35th in Rugby League Week's Top 100 Players (1992) 
South Sydney Dream Team (2004)


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