|Full name||William Thomas Wynyard|
From a sporting family that included three uncles that were part of the 1888-1889 New Zealand Native football team that toured Great Britain. One of these three, Tabby Wynyard went on the represent the All Blacks. Richard followed his family tradition, becoming a noted rugby player and a civil servant clerk by trade.
Rugby Football career
Rugby League career
Wynyard was selected to be part of the professional All Blacks 1907-08 tour of Australia and Great Britain. He was one of the last two players selected, along with Charlie Dunning, and joined the squad late during the first Australian leg of the tour. Wynyard became a valuable member of the squad, scoring six tries, however injury meant he had to wait until the squad returned to Australia to make his test debut, playing in all three test matches against Australia.
Unlike many of the touring party Wynyard opted not to return to a professional contract in Britain and instead stayed in New Zealand to help establish rugby league. He, along with his brother, helped found the North Shore Albions Rugby League Club - which broke away from the North Shore Rugby Club.
- John Haynes From All Blacks to All Golds: Rugby League's Pioneers, Christchurch, Ryan and Haynes, 1996. ISBN 0-473-03864-1
- Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4, p.24.
- Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8