Orchard first made the New Zealand Kiwis in 1969 and remained a New Zealand representative until 1975, he played in 21 test matches for his country including at two World Cup. His try in the 1971 tour of Great Britain secured New Zealand's first series win on British soil since the 1907-08 All Golds.
In 1972 Orchard moved to Wellington, joining the St. George club. He scored 29 tries and 30 goals for a total of 141 points in his first season for the club. In 1975 Orchard scored a Wellington club record of 43 tries. Orchard also represented the district in inter-provincial league, playing in 17 matches.