1947 New Zealand rugby league season
The 1947 New Zealand rugby league season was the 40th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand.
New Zealand toured Great Britain and France. The Kiwis defeated France and Wales but lost the series against Great Britain 1-2. In Bradford, a crowd of 42,680 saw New Zealand play, setting a new record for the team on British soil. New Zealand were coached by Thomas McClymont. The squad included; Warwick Clarke, Ron McGregor, Maurie Robertson, Len Jordan, Jack Forrest, Roy Clark, Rex Cunningham, John Newton, captain Pat Smith, Les Pye, Charlie McBride, Travers Hardwick, Ken Mountford, Clarence Hurndell, Claude Hancox, Abbie Graham, Arthur McInnarney, Doug Anderson, Joffre Johnson, Arthur Gillman, Bob Aynsley, Jimmy Haig, Des Barchard and George Davidson. Arthur McInnarney was the only squad member who had been a part of the 1939 tour. Hurndell returned home from Panama after becoming ill.
The New South Wales Rugby League's champion Balmain Tigers traveled to Auckland, defeating the Auckland Rugby League's champion Mount Albert Lions 16-11. Balmain lost to Otahuhu and Marist before defeating Otahuhu before losing to Waikato Māori in Huntly.
Northern Union Cup
Canterbury defeated the West Coast 10-5 in Greymouth for their first win in ten years. They then lost 8-2 in the return match in Christchurch. During the Kiwis tour, Auckland defeated Canterbury 22-20 at Carlaw Park before drawing 13-all with the West Coast at the same venue. Auckland included Ray Cranch and Roy Nurse while Canterbury included Joe Duke.
Warwick Clarke and Rex Cunningham played for City, while Des White played his first senior game with the Ponsonby club, who also included Travers Hardwick and Len Jordan. Mount Albert included Roy Nurse, Arthur McInnarney and Ray Cranch while Doug Anderson played for Point Chevalier. The North Shore included Roy Clark and Les Pye, Otahuhu included Joffre Johnson and Claude Hancox and Marist included Des Barchard and George Davidson. Richmond included Clarence Hurndell, Ron McGregor, Maurie Robertson and Abbie Graham.
The Eden Roskill, Wesley and Mt Roskill clubs amalgamated in 1947 to form Mt Roskill.
The Papanui and Prebbleton clubs were founded in 1947.
Jimmy Haig switched from Otago rugby union to join the Prebbleton club, where he was joined by "The Master", Pat Smith, who joined from Addington. Smith would later become an administrator of Marist and Canterbury and coach Papanui.
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