Did You Know?
Did you know that legendary Rabbitohs winger of the 1940s and 50s, Johnny ‘Whacka’ Graves, holds two of the Club’s point-scoring records?
Find out which two records Graves holds by visiting the Club Records section of www.rabbitohs.com.au!
A fleet-footed, explosive winger, goal-kicker and crowd favourite, Graves is best remembered for his efforts in Souths' Grand Final – grabbing two tries against Wests in 1950 and a record four tries in the 1951 Grand Final against Manly.
A Maitland product, Graves first rose to prominence during the post-war era playing in Newcastle – eventually representing the city against the touring 1946 England team. Graves starred for the side by scoring two tries against the tourists.
His efforts in the match drew the attention of Souths, who signed him to play in the cardinal and myrtle the following year in a move that would see him play out all of his first grade career at the Club between 1947 and 1954 alongside the likes of Jack Rayner and the Immortal, Clive Churchill.
He would tour with the 1948-49 Kangaroos, top-scoring with 118pts (16t, 35g) in his 20 matches on tour – including the First Test against Great Britain.
In Souths’ Premiership winning years of 1950 and 1951, Graves scored a total of six tries in those Grand Finals - two in 1950 against Wests, and four against Manly the following year.