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John Peard

John "Bomber" Peard (born 15 January, 1945) is an Australian former rugby league player and later coach. He played for the Eastern Suburbs, St. George and Parramatta NSWRFL clubs in the 1960s and 70s. Peard's nickname, 'Bomber', came from his revolutionary towering punt kick, popularly referred to as a bomb, which terrorised opposition players. It has now became a common feature of the modern game.

Playing career

Peard played in Eastern Suburbs lower gades before making his 1st grade debut in 1966. That year the Roosters failed to win a game but the five-eight enjoyed more success over the next few years, semi finalist in 1967, '68 and winning the club championship before joinning former coach Jack Gibson at St George in 1972. In 1974 Peard, along with coach Jack Gibson, rejoined the Roosters for one of the most successful periods in the club's history. The five-eight was a key figure for the Roosters, winning back to back premierships in 1974 and 1975 and was a winner of mid-week and pre-season cups. In Easts 38-0, 1975 premiership victory over St George, Peard kicked 7 goals. At the end of the 1975 season Peard was selected to represent Australia in that year's world series.

Peard joined the Parramatta club the following year and was named 'player of the year' that season. He was unsuccessful in two further premiership deciders in 1976 and 1977 but once again gained selection for Australia. Injuries brought about an end to Peard's playing career at the end of the 1978 season.

Post-playing career

Peard moved on to coach Parramatta, Penrith Panthers and NSW as well as working for the ABC as a rugby league commentator.

Peard is a life member of the Eastern Suburbs club. The John Peard Cup, which commenced in 2004, was named in his honour.

Peard suffered a life-threatening stroke in 2002 and he documents his rehabilitation in his autobiography Fine Thanks Mate: John 'The Bomber' Peard on Football, Life and Second Chances, released in April, 2007. As part of the book promotion he appeared on The NRL Sunday Footy Show on 1 April 2007.

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References

  • (2007). Fine Thanks Mate: John 'The Bomber' Peard on Football, Life and Second Chances. Sydney, New South Wales: ABC Books.

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