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John Barnett

Full name: John Thomas Barnett
Nickname(s): Jumbo
Gender: Male
Born: January 19, 1880 in Tuena, New South Wales, Australia
Died: October 2, 1918 in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Affiliations: Newtown
Country: ANZ Australasia
Sport: Rugby

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


John Barnett started out playing rugby union with Newtown RUFC, appearing five times for Australia. He was named to the New South Wales provincial team in 1905. He was selected for the 1908-09 Wallaby tour of the British Isles and France. During that tour Barnett, a hooker/prop, competed at the 1908 Olympics, winning a gold medal. On returning to Australia Barnett turned professional and played rugby league, joining the Newtown Club in Sydney. He competed in two Ashes’ Tests against Great Britain in 1910 when they toured Australia, making him a dual-code rugby international. In 1913 he toured New Zealand with the NSW Blues. Barnett died very young from meningitis, at only 38-years-old.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 28 London Rugby Men's Rugby Australasia ANZ 1 Gold

Men's Rugby

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result Position PTS T C P DG
1908 Summer 28 London Rugby Australasia ANZ Final Round Match 1/2 1 1908-10-26 ANZ 32, Cornwall 3 Forward 0 0 0 0 0
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