Sinon Boland

2nd Light Horse Regiment

Wallaby #24

Test Rugby Debut:

Sinon Boland had a distinguished military career in the Boer War, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, ‘Mentioned in Despatches’ Award, and the Queen's South Africa Medal. Boland enlisted in the 2nd Light Horse in 1915 and was appointed a Captain. Arriving in Gallipoli in October, the 2nd Light Horse played mainly a defensive role around Sari Bair and Sulva, before withdrawing from Gallipoli on the 18th December, when all troops were evacuated from the Peninsula. Boland returned to Egypt where he was hospitalized before being returned to Australia as medically unfit.

Boland played three Tests for Australia, two against the 1899 British Isles in the first international series in Australia. He also played one Test against New Zealand in 1903, which was also the first international Test match against New Zealand. He played for Queensland from 1898 until 1903, representing his state on 15 occasions, and was a member of the Past Grammar Schools Football Club in Brisbane. He was instrumental in the founding of the Queensland Rugby League in 1907, becoming the first secretary of the QRA.

Boland, 2nd row, sitting, 1st from right