Inducted in Australian Netball Hall of Fame

Positions Played

CCentreWAWing Attack


23rd February, 1957



Place of Birth

Whyalla, South Australia



Test Debut

13th August, 1979




Regarded as one of Australia’s finest centre court players, Julie Francou was first selected in the national squad as an 18-year-old and defied the odds to overcome two knee reconstructions and have a successful international career.

She made her Test debut in the 1979 Netball World Cup and was part of the Australian team that shared the title with New Zealand and hosts Trinidad and Tobago.

Francou captained Australia to victory at the 1983 Netball World Cup in Singapore and never lost a Test as captain.

She was a national selector in the 1990’s and coached the South Australian state team as well as the Adelaide Ravens in the inaugural season of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy in 1997.

Francou was named in Netball Australia’s Hall of Fame in 2011.


Career honours

1975                                        Member Australian Netball Team

1979                                        Member Australian Netball Team – 5th World Championships

1982                                        Member Australian Netball Team

1983                                        Member Australian Netball Team

1984                                        Member Australian Netball Team

1983                                        Member Australian Netball Team – 6th World Championships

Captain Australian Netball Team

1985                                        Member Australian Netball Team