Billy Mitchell (rugby)
|Full name||William James Mitchell|
28 November 1890|
|Died||2 June 1959
Christchurch, New Zealand
|Weight||82 kg (12 st 13 lb)|
|Position||Fullback, Wing, Stand-off|
Rugby union career
Mitchell played rugby union for the Merivale club in Christchurch and represented the province nine times in 1909 and 1910. He was selected to be part of the All Blacks tour of Australia in 1910 and played in five matches, including the second and third Test matches.
Rugby league career
In 1911 Mitchell, along with three other players from the Merivale club, moved to Sydney and played for the North Sydney Bears. He was then enticed north by the Queensland Rugby League. At the same time the New Zealand rugby league side was touring Australia and he was invited to join the touring party. Mitchell played in four matches, becoming a dual-code rugby international.
Mitchell then returned to Christchurch and represented Canterbury in its first ever match in 1912. Mitchell toured Australia twice more with New Zealand, in 1913, and as captain in 1919. He played in his final match for New Zealand in 1920. He played for the St Albans and Federal clubs in the Canterbury Rugby League competition.
- Billy Mitchell allblacks.com
- John Coffey and Bernie Wood, The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League, Hodder Moa, Auckland, 2007, p. 43.
- Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987. p.14
- MITCHELL, WILLIAM JAMES 1911, 1913, 1919 – 20 – KIWI #68 nzleague.co.nz