Born 19 January 1919
Mosman, NSW

Died 1976

Representative honours

Australian Wallabies, Australian Olympic Water Polo Team

R.G.W. Cornforth
Rugby Union, Water polo

R.G.W. Cornforth was a powerful second-row forward who was also a highly versatile sportsman. He built his superb physique competing in top level athletics, swimming, water polo and surfing.

Cornforth won a NSW hurdles title in 1936, was the 1939 Australian 200 yards breast stroke champion and played water polo for NSW. In 1948, he was part of the Australian water polo team at the London Olympic Games.

R.G.W. Cornforth represented Australia in 1947 and 1949 against New Zealand and in 1950 against the British Lions, partnering Rex Mossop in the second row. He was renowned for his fierce competitive spirit, his energy in rucks and mauls, and his fearless tackling.

He also coached Mosman's First Grade team from 1953-62, was a member of the committee, and in 1958 helped establish Mosman Junior RFC. He was born in Prince Albert Street, Mosman, and learnt to swim at Balmoral and The Spit Baths.