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is an Australian former rugby league
Rugby league football, usually called rugby league, is a full contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular grass field. One of the two codes of rugby football, it originated in England in 1895 by a split from Rugby Football Union over paying players...
footballer and coach. As a player he represented Queensland on nine occasions and also toured with the 1956–57 Kangaroos.
He began his coaching career in 1965, with the Queanbeyan Blues
The Canberra Region Rugby League competition is more commonly known as the Canberra Raiders Cup, covering the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding New South Wales towns Queanbeyan, Goulburn and Yass. The competition is run under the auspices of the Country Rugby League and players are...
(1965–69), the Eastern Suburbs Roosters
The Sydney Roosters are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. The club competes in the National Rugby League and is one of the oldest and most successful clubs in Australian rugby league history, having won twelve New South Wales Rugby League...
(1970–72), whom he took to the Grand Final in 1972, Queanbeyan again from 1973 to 1981, and then became the first coach of the Canberra Raiders
The Canberra Raiders are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the national capital city of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. They have competed in Australasia's elite rugby league competition, the National Rugby League premiership since 1982...
. He later joined Parramatta for the 1985 season. He was appointed the Australian national coach from 1986 to 1988. Furner also coached the Canberra club to the Grand Final in 1987. He also coached the NSW Country team.
His sons are current Raiders coach and former Raiders player David Furner
David Furner is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player. He is the current head coach of the Canberra Raiders of the NRL...
and Raiders CEO Don Furner, Jr.