Solomon, Tooth & White: Memories of a Golden Era DVD
This film was created for the inaugural Sydney Uni Football Club "Legends Lunch" in 2019, celebrating three members of the club's golden era of the 1950s and 1960s: Dr John Solomon and Dr Dick Tooth (who both skippered Australia) and Emeritus Professor Saxon White.
Through interviews with Solomon, Tooth and White as well as fellow Wallabies Jim Boyce and John O'Gorman, together with rare archival footage and photographs from the 40s, 50s and 60s and 70s, we've managed to capture some beautiful Australian rugby heritage.
It was a golden era of Shute Shield success for Sydney Uni during which the Club launched the representative careers of many all- time greats of the game. Solomon became a Uni player after an apprenticeship at Scots and then played in Australia's first Bledisloe win in 1949, before going on to skipper Australia to its first victory at Cape Town in 1953.
Tooth led the first Australian post-war sporting tour of Japan, skippered the Wallabies and faced memorable encounters against the flying Fijians. White went from Kings schoolboy to international in 1953, and later went on the last "grand tour" to the northern hemisphere by ship in 1957/8. King’s, Scots and Newcastle Boys will be doubly interested in the rugby story of Saxon White, as well in a recording of Barney Walsh uncovered for the documentary.
These stories and many more are included in the documentary narrated by Gordon Bray, and the DVD includes a commemorative recording of the first SUFC Legends Lunch, MC'd by Andrew Coorey.
Any profits from the DVD will be directed to the Friends of Sydney University Rugby’s Mentoring Program.