John O'Sullivan (rugby league)

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John O'Sullivan
Personal information
Full name John Charles O'Sullivan
Born New Zealand
Playing information
Position Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Northcote Tigers
Ponsonby Ponies
Unknown (WRL)
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
197?–1975 Auckland
1971–1975 New Zealand 10 0 0 0 0
1976–197? Wellington
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
Northcote Tigers
Source: [1]

John O'Sullivan is a New Zealand rugby league player who represented his country in the 1972 and 1975 World Cups.

Early years[edit]

O'Sullivan attended Rosmini College.[2]

Playing career[edit]

O'Sullivan played for the Northcote Tigers in the Auckland Rugby League competition and also represented Auckland.

By 1971 he had moved to the Ponsonby club.[3]

He was first selected for the New Zealand Kiwis in 1971, however he did not make his debut until the second test match against Australia in 1972.[4] He was part of the squad at the 1972 World Cup.

In 1974 O'Sullivan was part of the Auckland side that defeated Great Britain 11-2 at Carlaw Park. He also played in the three match test series against Great Britain for the Kiwis.[3]

In 1975 O'Sullivan played for Auckland in their defeat of Wales and also played for the Kiwis in the 1975 World Championship. The World Championship match against Wales was the last of his ten test matches for New Zealand.

He moved to Wellington in 1976 and became a Wellington representative before retiring.

Coaching career[edit]

In 1984 he coached a Kiwi's trial team.[5] He coached the Northcote Tigers in the 1986 Auckland Rugby League competition.[6]


  1. ^ John O'Sullivan
  2. ^ Rosmini College Old Boys Achievements
  3. ^ a b Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4.
  4. ^ John Charles O'SULLIVAN, John Charles (1971 - 75)
  5. ^ 1984 Autex Rugby League Annual, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1984. p.p.18-31
  6. ^ 1986 Lion Red Rugby League Annual, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1986. p.101