Full name Maurice Barlow
Born May 10, 1850, Dublin
Died April 22, 1935, Woollahra, NSW (aged 84 years 347 days)
Major teams Ireland
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Maurice Barlow was a forward in Ireland's first international match, against England in 1875. Dublin-born and raised, he played for the Wanderers club.
Within three weeks of his sole cap he embarked on the Loch Rannoch for Australia, arriving in Melbourne in late May 1875. He settled in Sydney where he played rugby for the (now defunct) Wallaroos club.
The first-ever inter-state match between Queensland and New South Wales took place on August 12, 1882. Barlow was missing from that match but he did take part in the second inter-state match on Tuesday August 22. Nine days later, NSW embarked on the first-ever overseas rugby tour - a seven-match visit to NZ. Barlow was not on the tour, it being stated at the time that several leading players had problems obtaining leave. The tour party was only 16-strong.
In an interview in 1912 Barlow recollected that, during his time in Sydney, he had played rugby with the young Gregory Wade, an Australian who was a prolific try-scorer for England in the 1880s while he was studying at Oxford.
Maurice Barlow was a surveyor/engineer and in June 1878 he was licensed to be a surveyor under the Crown Land Acts. He became district surveyor in a number of Aussie townships in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria and was prominent in Sydney and Melbourne social circles where he seems to have taken particular interest in horse-racing and Polo.
He died in Woollahra in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney on April 22, 1935 aged 85.
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