Joey Sadler

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Joey Sadler
Date of birth (1914-07-28)28 July 1914
Place of birth Wellington, New Zealand
Date of death 24 June 2007(2007-06-24) (aged 92)
Place of death Wellington, New Zealand
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
School Wellington College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Halfback
New Zealand No. 414
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1934–37 Wellington
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1935-36  New Zealand 5 (0)

Bernard Sydney "Joey" Sadler (28 July 1914 – 24 June 2007) was a New Zealand rugby union player who played at halfback for the All Blacks in 1935–36.


Sadler was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1914. He first attracted attention playing in the Wellington College First XV. Sadler played club rugby for the Wellington College Old Boys and made a Wellington representative side in his first season.[1]

He was picked for the All Blacks 1935-36 squad playing 15 games including 3 internationals on tour in the British Isles and Canada.[2] He played in both tests in the Bledisloe Cup against the Wallabies in 1936. Unfortunately, he damaged a nerve in his knee early in 1937 to such an extent that he never played rugby again.[1]

Sadler was a small player known by the British press as "the pocket battleship" for his strength.[2] He was also a skilled ball player with good leg speed.[1]

Sadler married his wife Noeleen in 1941. They lived for much of their lives in Paraparaumu Beach.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Joey Sadler at
  2. ^ a b c The Dominion Post "Ex-All Black, wife a team for 60 years" 5/2/2001 via Ebbsco's Australia New-Zealand Reference Centre