Rodney Walker (New Zealand)

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Rodney Walker
Personal information
Full name Rodney Stephen Walker
Born New Zealand
Playing information
Position Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Papanui
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1968–1977 Canterbury 50
1969–1973 Southern Zone
1969–1972 New Zealand 6 0 0 0 0
1974 South Island
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1975–1976 Papanui
Source: [1]

Rodney Walker is a New Zealand former rugby league player who represented his country in the 1972 World Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Walker played for the Papanui club in the Canterbury Rugby League competition. He was a Schoolboy Kiwi in 1964 and captained the New Zealand Colts in 1969 on a tour of New South Wales.[2]

He represented Canterbury and Southern Zone. He played in 50 provincial games for Canterbury between 1968 and 1977, including 44 consecutive appearances.[2] He was the first Canterbury player to reach the 50 mark and captained Canterbury in 1970.

Walker was selected for the New Zealand Kiwis in 1969 and played in six test matches between 1969 and 1972, including at the 1972 World Cup.[3]

In 1974 Walker played for the South Island against the touring Great Britain Lions.[2]

As player-coach, Walker led Papanui to the 1975 and 1976 Canterbury championships.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rodney Walker rugbyleagueproject.org
  2. ^ a b c d Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987.
  3. ^ WALKER, Rodney Stephen - 1969 - 70, 1972 nzleague.co.nz