With the impending SUFC Foundation Legends Lunch to take place on the 6th of July as SUFC take on Souths. We enter a series of celebrating a raft of SUFC Legends.

Honour the Past, Maximise the Present, Leave as the Best Ever

Early Days and Education

John Coolican, born in Sydney, began his rugby journey at Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview. His passion for the game led him to study Dentistry at the University of Sydney. Little did he know that this path would shape his legacy as a rugby icon.

From University to Wallaby Stardom

In 1975, Coolican made his First Grade debut for Sydney University. His prowess as a loosehead prop caught the attention of selectors, and soon he was representing Sydney against Australian Services. But it was in the early 1980s that Coolican truly made his mark:

  • Wallabies Caps: Coolican earned four Wallabies caps during this period.
  • Debut: His first cap came in Christchurch on the 1982 tour of New Zealand, alongside fellow debutants Andy McIntyre and Bruce Malouf.
  • Test Matches: He played in all three Tests during the 1983 tour to Italy and France.

Notable Achievements

  • Member of the Order of Australia: In 2021, Coolican received this honor for significant service to dentistry in the field of orthodontics and to rugby union.
  • University Legacy: Coolican’s impact extended beyond the national team. He played 153 games for Sydney University, with an impressive 150 appearances in First Grade.

Honors and Legacy

John Coolican’s dedication to rugby, both on and off the field, earned him respect and admiration. His legacy lives on, inspiring future generations of players.

SUFC Legends Jersey

Be part of history! Celebrate Nick Farr-Jones and other SUFC Legends by purchasing a one-of-a-kind SUFC Legends Jersey. Learn more about each individual player here.