|Full name||Joseph Aloysius Lavery|
|Height||170 cm (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||76 kg (12 st 0 lb)|
Lavery started his career playing for Temuka in 1901 before moving to Christchurch Albion where he was a club mate of Hubert Turtill and Charlie Pearce. Lavery represented Canterbury between 1902 and 1904 and played for the South Island in 1903.
Lavery joined the professional All Blacks tour of Great Britain and Australia in 1907-1908, thus switching codes to rugby league as all members of the touring party received a life ban from the New Zealand Rugby Union. However, he was not in the touring parties first selection and played mostly in mid-week games, scoring two tries. Despite this Lavery played in one test match for New Zealand.
After the tour Lavery opted to stay in Britain and signed with the Leeds club, becoming the club's first ever overseas player. Lavery also played for Leigh and then Salford in 1910, and was also the first ever overseas player to play for either club.
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