Jimmy Edwards (rugby league)

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Jimmy Edwards
Personal information
Full name Robert James Edwards[1]
Born New Zealand
Playing information
Position Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1950–1954 Auckland
1951–1954 New Zealand 17 8 0 0 24
Source: RLP

Jimmy Edwards is a New Zealand former rugby league player who represented his country in the 1954 World Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Edwards played for the Marist club in the Auckland Rugby League competition and also represented Auckland, making his debut in the 1950 tour of Wellington and the South Island.[2] He later played for Auckland against the touring American All-Stars in 1953 and in a 5-4 defeat of Great Britain in 1954.

Edwards made his debut for the New Zealand Kiwis in 1951 on the tour of Great Britain. He played in a total of 17 Test matches, including a tour of Australia in 1952 and the 1954 World Cup. He had the distinction of being the first scorer in Rugby League World Cup history, with a try after only five minutes in the first match against France on 30 October 1954.


  1. ^ EDWARDS, Robert James - 1951 - 54 nzleague.co.nz
  2. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4.