Joey Sadler

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Joey Sadler
Date of birth (1914-07-28)28 July 1914
Place of birth Wellington
Date of death June 24, 2007(2007-06-24) (aged 92)
Place of death Wellington
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 62.06 kg (136.8 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Halfback
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1935-1936  New Zealand 19 (12)

Bernard Sydney Sadler better known as Joey Sadler (14 July 1914[1] – 26 June 2007) played rugby union for the All Blacks at scrum half in 1935-36.


Sadler was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1914.[1] 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.[2]

He was picked for the All Blacks 1935-36 squad playing 15 games including 3 internationals on tour in the British Isles and Canada.[3] 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.[2]

Sadler was a small player known by the British press as "the pocket battleship" for his strength.[3] He was also a skilled ball player with good leg speed.[2]

Sadler married his wife Noeleen in 1941. They lived for much of their lives in Paraparaumu Beach.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Joey Sadler"
  2. ^ a b c Joey Sadler at
  3. ^ 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