Weary was a gifted sportsman. He joined the University rugby team, initially in the fourths, but astonishingly, in just over a year, he became the first Victorian to represent Australia. He played twice for the Wallabies in total, debuting as a number 8 against the All Blacks at the Sydney Cricket in 1932 and in the second row in 1934 as his side became the first touring Wallabies to claim the Bledisloe Cup across the Tasman.
While Weary’s name lives on in perpetuity through a number of foundations and legacies in his honour, I am sure that one that would be very dear to his heart is the Weary Dunlop Rugby foundation, established in 1998. It exists to develop and expand rugby in Victoria. Now the foundation has a Super Rugby side to call its own – the Melbourne Rebels and a special Shield has been created in his memory. This shield was created by Melbourne sculptor Peter Corlett who also designed the life-size statue of Weary that you can visit in Kings Domain in Melbourne.
The shield will be awarded to the victors of all contests between the Rebels and the Waratahs and is a symbol of his legacy of sportsmanship, fair play, compassion and his great love of the game. He remains the only Victorian inducted into the Wallaby Hall of Fame.