David Noel Grimmond
- 494Wallaby Number
Dave Grimmond was a lightning fast winger and superb tackler who enjoyed a meteoric rise to rugby fame only to be a controversial omission from the Fifth Wallabies tour to Britain.
Born in the Riverina district of New South Wales at Narrandera, Grimmond was schooled at St. Edmund's College, Canberra. He played his club rugby with Queanbeyan Whites and in 1961 won aged representation for ACT U18s, Country U18s and NSW U18s. The following year he was selected for ACT U21s and in 1963 earned the tag of champion sprinter after he recorded 10 seconds flat for the 100 yards at the Country Athletics Championships.
His breakthrough year came in 1964 when he played for the Whites, ACT, NSW Country and debuted for New South Wales with two tries against Queensland. Grimmond further enhanced his chances for a spot on the Wallaby tour to New Zealand with solid performances in the pre-tour trials. There were three wingers chosen for the tour, the Boyce twins and Grimmond. When Jim Boyce was unavailable for the second Test in Christchurch due to a massive haematoma on the front of his right thigh, Grimmond was chosen for his international debut. New Zealand won 18-3 and Jim Boyce returned for the final Test when the Wallabies caused a major upset with a 20-5 victory.
In 1965 Grimmond struggled to overcome an injured right shoulder but was selected as a reserve for the only two Tests of the year, against South Africa. In 1966 the national selectors overlooked Grimmond in favour of George Ruebner and his kicking abilities for the series against the British Lions. Ahead of the tour to Britain, Grimmond aggravated a hamstring injury and struggled through the final two Wallaby trials. Even so he was a notable omission from the touring party when the selectors opted for Stewart Boyce, Alan Cardy and Victoria’s Dick Webb. In 1968 Grimmond switched codes to play rugby league for Queanbeyan United.
Dave Grimmond played one Test for Australia and will always be Wallaby #494.
Grimmond won his first Test cap on the left wing in the 3-18 loss to New Zealand at Lancaster Park.