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David Topliss

David Topliss

David Topliss was a former rugby league footballer who played and coached with the Wakefield Trinity club in the late 70's early 80's.
David was born at Walton, Wakefield on 29th December 1949.
He died, aged 58, on 17th June 2008 after collapsing while playing five-a-side football, which he loved and played regularly.
Following a public service at Wakefield Cathedral on Wednesday 25th June, he was interred at a private ceremony.
He was also a keen tennis player and visited the gym regularly.
His playing career started at Normanton Juniors ARLFC then he played for Wakefield Trinity from 1968 to 1981.
While at Wakefield, he was 'man of the match', being awarded the Lance Todd Trophy when leading the team out at Wembley in 1979 against Widnes in the Challenge Cup final.
He was voted 'man of the match' again after lifting the Challenge Cup at Elland Road in 1982 against Hull.
Then he moved to Hull FC in 1981 until 1985. Following his time at Hull he moved to Oldham in 1985, where he stayed until 1987.
He also played in the summer in Australia for Penrith Panthers in 1976 and Balmain Tigers in 1977.
He also had international appearances a few times:-
The Three Ashes series in 1973, 1979 and (as captain) in 1982 with Great Britain.
He had 2 England caps and was a member of the 1972 World Cup winning squad in France.

Following his plaing career, he bacame coach for Wakefield Trinity from 1987 to 1994.
He was also Great Britain U21s coach in 1989.
David scored 270 career tries and is the fifth highest scoring half-back behind Shaun Edwards, Alan Hardisty, Alex Murphy and Roger Millward.
He also once scored five tries in a game for Balmain Tigers.

See also Wakefield Trinity


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