1921 New Zealand rugby league season
The 1921 New Zealand rugby league season was the 14th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand.
New Zealand toured Australia, losing to New South Wales 56-9. They then defeated Queensland 25-12 before losing the second and third matches 21-16 and 8-3 respectively. The final three matches of the tour saw a loss to Toowoomba and wins over Wide Bay and Newcastle. New Zealand were coached by Jim Rukutai, captained by Henry Tancred and included Clarrie Polson.
New Zealand also provided one player to the Australasian tour of Great Britain; Bert Laing. On their way to Great Britain and France the Australasian Kangaroos played an exhibition match at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
Northern Union Cup
Auckland toured the country, defeating Wellington 23-21, the West Coast 47-7 and Canterbury 39-14. Auckland included; Bill Stormont, Bill Davidson, captain Maurice Wetherill, Tim Peckham and Alf Townsend.
Ponsonby United successfully defended the Thacker Shield, defeating Petone from Wellington 21-13. They then accepted a challenge from Auckland City club, and lost the trophy to City. Sydenham had also challenged for the trophy but had been told that there was no suitable date. The Canterbury Rugby League, and their President Henry Thacker, challenged this decision and the New Zealand Rugby League stepped in, returning the trophy to Canterbury. The rules were subsequently amended to make the shield only contestable between South Island clubs.
- When Blues & Maroons Saw Black 1908.com
- John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 57. ISBN 978-1-86969-331-2.
- Fagan, Sean (2009). "New Zealand 'Kangaroos'". rl1908.com (Australia). Retrieved 27 February 2011.
- Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4.
- Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1990 New Zealand Rugby League, 1990. p.72
- Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987.