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.
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.
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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