1965 New Zealand rugby league season
The 1965 New Zealand rugby league season was the 58th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand.
New Zealand drew a Test series 1-all with Australia. Australia defeated Wellington 34-16, Canterbury 19-4, the West Coast 16-6, Taranaki 29-11, Waikato 25-4 and Auckland at Carlaw Park 18-2. The Auckland team was; Jack Fagan, Roy Christian, Gary Bailey, Reg Cooke, Brian Campbell, Doug Ellwood, Billy Harford, Roy Roberts, Len Morgan, Albie Wiggs, Eddie Moore, Graham Mattson and Ernie Wiggs. Tony Kriletich came on as a substitute for Eddie Moore at halftime after Moore suffered a broken nose.
Northern Union Cup
- Ernie Wiggs, Brian Reidy, Bill Snowden, Jack Fagan and Tony Kriletich played for Auckland.
- Bill Deacon played for Waikato, who were previously called South Auckland.
- Ian Drayton, Bob Irvine, Mita Mohi, Jim White, Jim Fisher and Bill Noonan played for Canterbury.
Marist Brothers won the Auckland Rugby League's Fox Memorial Trophy, defeating Glenora 19-6. They also shared the Stormont Shield with Otahuhu after a 15-all draw. Otahuhu won the Roope Rooster while Ponsonby won the Rukutai Shield. Southern won the Sharman Cup.
Tony Kriletich won the Lipscombe Cup while Bill Harford won the Rothville Trophy, both were from Marist.
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