1972 New Zealand rugby league season
The 1972 New Zealand rugby league season was the 65th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand.
New Zealand toured Australia, losing the series 0–2. The team was coached by Lory Blanchard. They then headed to Great Britain and France for the World Cup. The Kiwis lost to Great Britain, Australia and France. The World Cup team was coached by Des Barchard and consisted of: Mocky Brereton, Bill Burgoyne, Roy Christian, Tony Coll, Warren Collicoat, Graeme Cooksley, Murray Eade, Doug Gailey, Peter Gurnick, Don Mann, Mita Mohi, John O'Sullivan, Phillip Orchard, Bob Paul, Brian Tracey, Rodney Walker, John Whittaker, Dennis Williams and John Wilson.
Rugby League Cup
Ponsonby won the Auckland Rugby League's Fox Memorial Trophy, defeating Ellerslie 14-12 in the grand final. They completed "the treble" by also winning the Stormont Shield and Roope Rooster in the same season. Ellerslie won the Rukutai Shield, Otahuhu won the Kiwi Shield, Richmond won the Sharman Cup and Mount Roskill won the Norton Cup.
Bill Harford (Te Atatu) won the Lipscombe Cup, Murray Eade (Ellerslie) won the Rothville Trophy, Peter Gurnick (Otahuhu) and Len Hall (Ellerslie) won the Bert Humphries Memorial while Hall also won the Tetley Trophy. Bruce Rowe (Ellerslie) won the Painter Rosebowl Trophy and Don Mann (Ponsonby) won the Hyland Memorial Cup.
Kevin Tamati played for Petone.
Papanui also regained the Thacker Shield for Canterbury after the West Coast clubs had held it for eight years. They defeated Waro-Rakau 22-0.
Mita Mohi (Marist-Western) and Ivan Reuben (Kaiapoi) shared the D.V. Syme Rosebowl while Phil Brown (Marist-Western) won the A.G.Bailey Challenge Cup (tries) and Michael O'Donnell (Marist-Western) and Trevor Williams (Hornby) shared the Turner and Le Brun Cup. Rodney Walker played for Papanui.
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