DOB: 17 January 1924
Died: 12 August 2007
Debut: Round 3, 1946 against Essendon at Windy Hill
Last Game: Semi Final 1950 against Geelong at MCG
From: Brighton Technical College Old Boys
Number: 31 1946-1950
Premiership Player - 1948
Grand Final player - 1946
Victorian state player - 1949
Recruited in September 1944 on the recommendation of Wally Lock who had played on him in a services match in New Guinea and conceded seven goals, Rule played as a centre half-back in his time at the Demons.
After 18 games in his debut season Rule's 1947 campaign was ruined bya pre-season injury. After badly tearing thigh muscles in the pre-season he was ordered to retire, before coming back for the last four games of the season.
He returned for 19 games in 1948 - including both Grand Finals. He was sought by North Melbourne before the 1950 season but Melbourne refused them permission to interview him. He stayed with the side for the rest of the year before walking out in the Demons after coach Allan La Fontaine admitted to him that he believed a rumour Rule had been bribed and hadn't played at his best in the 1950 Semi Final.
He became captain-coach of Wodonga in 1951 and having lost none of his ability was approached by new coach Norm Smith to return to the Demons as captain in 1952. Rule was tempted for footballing reasons, but the prospect of a significant drop in pay was enough for him to regretfully turn the offer down. He remained there through 1953.
Rule later returned to the Demons and worked on the recruiting staff. He had first been signed by St Kilda, but Norm Smith convinced him to return to the Demons.
Some sources say he was later captain/coach of Albury.
Argus - 28/09/1944
Argus - 13/05/1946
Football Record R3 1947
Age - 23/07/1947
Sporting Globe - 17/07/1948
Argus - 25/10/1950
Argus - 24/01/1951
Wodonga and Towong Sentinel - 26/01/1951
Sporting Globe - 14/03/1951
Benalla Ensign - 25/12/1952
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