Gordon Hooker

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Gordon Hooker
Personal information
Nickname Babe
Born (1887-05-29)29 May 1887
New Zealand
Died 6 December 1967(1967-12-06) (aged 80)
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Playing information
Position Wing
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1908–19?? Taranaki
1909 New Zealand 2 0 0 0 0
1910 Queensland

Gordon Hooker (29 May 1887 – 6 December 1967) was a New Zealand rugby league player who represented his country in 1909.

Playing career[edit]

Hooker represented Taranaki in 1908 and was selected to tour Australia for New Zealand in 1909, where he played in two Test matches.[1]

He represented Queensland against the 1910 Great Britain Lions before returning to New Zealand and playing for Taranaki against the 1914 Lions. He played until he was 36.[2]

In the 1930s Hooker helped re-establish rugby league in Taranaki.[2] He died in 1967 and his ashes were buried at Te Henui Cemetery.[3]

Legacy[edit]

In 2008 he was named in the Taranaki Rugby League Team of the Century.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ HOOKER, Gordon - 1909 nzleague.co.nz
  2. ^ a b John Coffey and Bernie Wood, The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League, Hodder Moa, Auckland, 2007, p. 37.
  3. ^ "Cemetery search". New Plymouth District Council. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Dream team of century is named". Taranaki Daily News. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 24 September 2011.