1961 New Zealand rugby league season
The 1961 New Zealand rugby league season was the 54th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand.
New Zealand drew a Test series 1-all with Australia. The New Zealand squad was coached by Des White and included; Gary Phillip, Brian Reidy, George P Turner, Tom Hadfield, Reg Cooke, George Menzies, Graeme Farrar, Jim Patterson, Jock Butterfield, Maunga Emery, Don Hammond, captain Ron Ackland, Bill Snowden, Tom Reid and Mel Cooke.
Australia defeated New Zealand Māori 25-13, Wellington 66-3, a National youth combination 9-4, the West Coast 27-7, Taranaki 34-0 and Waikato 26-8. However in the Kangaroos last tour game, Auckland defeated Australia 13-8 in front of 17,000 fans at Carlaw Park. It was Auckland's first victory over Australia. Auckland included; Gary Phillips, Tom Hadfield, George P Turner, Bill Sorensen, Neville Denton, Doug Ellwood, Bill Snowden, Maunga Emery, Jim Patterson, Tom Reid, Ron Ackland, Ted Johnson and Bruce Castle.
The Kiwis then toured Great Britain and France, losing the series to Great Britain 1-2 and winning the series against France 1-0 after two drawn Tests. The team was coached by Bill Telford and included; Jack Fagan, Tom Hadfield, Reg Cooke, Brian Reidy, Roger Bailey, Bill Snowden, Jim Bond, Sam Edwards, Jock Butterfield, Maunga Emery, captain Don Hammond, Brian Lee, Graham Kennedy, Bruce Castle, Billy Harrison, Jim Patterson, Ken McCracken, Reg Hart and Mel Cooke. Original selections, Test captain Ron Ackland, Neville Denton and Gary Phillips withdrew from the tour squad due a dispute over allowances.
Northern Union Cup
Auckland were coached by Des White and included Gary Phillips, Neville Denton, Ron Ackland, Tom Hadfield, Rata Harrison, Laurie Olliff, Bruce Castle, Bill Sorensen, Paul Schultz, Don Hammond and Reg Cooke.
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