The Rugby League International Federation is recognising all of those very special players who have made 50 or more international appearances in their career.
RLIF Chairman, John Grant, will present the golden caps at a celebration dinner to be held at Elland Road, Leeds on Wednesday November 7th. John is a former Kangaroo player who played in the 1972 World Cup Final and fully appreciates the special qualities required to achieve such a milestone.
“We are honouring seven players who have reached the magical number of 50 international appearances in their career. Rugby league is a tough sport as we all know, and to collect together 50 or more appearances is a remarkable achievement and as the chair of the RLIF, it is a pleasure to be able to recognise those wonderful players with the award of a golden cap. I look forward to this number growing as more players get more opportunities to play more international rugby league.”
The recipients of the caps are:
Jim Sullivan 1921 – 1934 54 internationals Wales, England and GB
Mick Sullivan 1954 – 1962 50 internationals England and GB
Ruben Wiki 1994 – 2006 55 internationals New Zealand
Adrian Morley 1996 – 2012 53 internationals England and GB
Darren Lockyer 1997 – 2011 59 internationals Australia
Petero Civoniceva 2001 – 2014 51 internationals Australia and Fiji
Cameron Smith 2006 – 2017 56 internationals Australia
Adrian Morley, former England and Great Britain star, who will attend the dinner to collect his golden cap, is happy to be in such great company saying
“It was a great feeling to represent my country on one occasion. It is an immense honour to have been able to do that 53 times and now to have this recognised by the rugby league world with a special golden cap is so flattering.”
“The honour is only made bigger by the great players that I am alongside.”