Bill McLennan (rugby league)

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Bill McLennan
Personal information
Full name William Richard McLennan
Nickname Ginger
Born (1927-06-05)5 June 1927
West Coast, New Zealand
Died 21 July 2007(2007-07-21) (aged 80)
Auckland, New Zealand
Playing information
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 101 kg (15 st 13 lb)
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Blackball (WCRL)
Runanga
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1949–19?? West Coast
South Island
1951–1957 New Zealand 28 1 1 0 5
Source: RLP

William (Bill) "Ginger" Richard McLennan[1] (5 June 1927 – 21 July 2007) was a New Zealand rugby league player who represented his country in the 1954 and 1957 World Cups.

Playing career[edit]

Born on the West Coast, McLennan was a miner and represented the West Coast. He played for the Runanga club.[2] He was first selected for New Zealand in 1951. McLennan played in 84 games for the Kiwis, including 28 tests. This included 22 consecutive tests.[3] His total 84 games has been bettered only by Jock Butterfield (99) and Tom Baxter (94).

He was part of the famous Kiwi team that won back-to-back test series against Australia in 1952 (in Australia) and 1953 (in New Zealand).[4]

McLennan was the vice-captain in the 1955-56 tour of Great Britain. He retired after this tour however he made a comeback for the 1957 World Cup.[5]

He was inducted as one of the New Zealand Rugby Leagues "Legends of League" in 2000.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McLENNAN, William Richard 1951 - 57 - Kiwi #334 nzleague.co.nz
  2. ^ Top Players West Coast Rugby Football League
  3. ^ Playing Records nzrl.co.nz
  4. ^ Kiwi League Legend passes away rleague.com, 25 July 2007
  5. ^ "Obituary: Bill 'Ginger' McLennan". The New Zealand Herald. 28 July 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Legends of League nzrl.co.nz