Lory Blanchard

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Lory Blanchard
Personal information
Full name David Lory Blanchard
Born 4 September 1924
Roxburgh, New Zealand
Died 1 January 2013 (aged 88)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1939 North Otago
1947–1948 Canterbury
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position hooker, Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Linwood (CRL)
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Canterbury
1949–1955 South Island
1951–1956 New Zealand 16 1 0 0 3
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
Linwood (CRL)
Representative
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1966–1967 New Zealand 3 0 0 0 0
1969 New Zealand 2 1 0 1 50
1970–1972 New Zealand 6 1 0 5 17
Source: [1]

David Lory Blanchard[2] (4 September 1924 – 1 January 2013) was a New Zealand rugby league player and coach who represented his country in the 1954 World Cup and coached them at the 1970 World Cup.

Early years[edit]

Blanchard was born in Roxburgh, New Zealand and made his rugby union first class debut for North Otago in 1939, aged just 15. During World War II he joined the Royal New Zealand Navy and served as a stoker on the HMNZS Achilles.[3]

After the war, Blanchard worked for the New Zealand Railways Department and played hooker for Sydenham. He was a Canterbury representative in 1947–48.[4]

Playing career[edit]

Blanchard then switched codes to rugby league. He played for the Linwood club and represented Canterbury and the South Island.[5] He represented New Zealand between 1951 and 1956, including at the 1954 World Cup. He played in 63 matches, including sixteen test matches, for the Kiwis.

Coaching career[edit]

He retired in 1963, becoming a Canterbury selector. Blanchard became a New Zealand selector between 1967 and 1972, convening the panel between 1969 and 1972. Blanchard coached New Zealand on three occasions; between 1966 and 1967, in 1969 and between 1970 and 1972, including at the 1970 World Cup. He coached Linwood in the Canterbury Rugby League competition.[4] Between 1973 and 1975 Blanchard was President of the Canterbury Schoolboy Board of Control. He also served two years on the Canterbury Rugby League board.[5] In 1990, he returned to coaching and led the New Zealand Universities' side until 1993.[3]

Blanchard was inducted into the New Zealand Rugby League's Legends of League in 2000.[6] He was made a life member of the New Zealand Rugby League in 2008.[4]

Death[edit]

Blanchard died suddenly on New Year's Day, 2013, aged 88.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lory Blanchard rugbyleagueproject.org
  2. ^ BLANCHARD, David Lory – 1951 – 56 nzleague.co.nz
  3. ^ a b Blanchard gave lifetime's service to sport stuff.co.nz, 5 January 2013
  4. ^ a b c "League legend Lory Blanchard honoured". The Press. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987
  6. ^ Legends of League nzleague.co.nz
  7. ^ "League: Former Kiwi Lory Blanchard dies". Otago Daily Times. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
Preceded by
Bill Telford
Coach
New Zealand Kiwis

1966–1967
Succeeded by
Des Barchard
Preceded by
Des Barchard
Coach
New Zealand Kiwis

1969
Succeeded by
Morrie Church
Preceded by
Morrie Church
Coach
New Zealand Kiwis

1970–1972
Succeeded by
Des Barchard