1913 New Zealand rugby league tour of Australia

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The 1913 New Zealand rugby league tour of Australia was a tour by the New Zealand national rugby league team.

This was the first New Zealand side to wear the kiwi and silver fern emblem on their playing jersey.[1]

Squad[edit]

The touring party included, backs; Albert Asher, George Bradley, Arthur Carlaw, Henry Duvall, Karl Ifwersen, Alfred Jackson, Bill Kelly (vice captain), Charles Manning, Walter Miller, Billy Mitchell, Roy Proebstel, Rukingi Reke and forwards; Jim Auld, Conrad Byrne, Les Campbell, Jim Clark, Harold Hayward (captain), John Hogan, Cecil King, Bob Mitchell, Abbie Shadbolt and Stan Walters.

Percy Williams, who was contracted to Wigan, joined the squad mid-way through the tour.

They were managed by A.W.S. Brice and Henry Thacker and accompanied by Thacker's wife, Monica.

Four original selections withdrew from the side; Charlie Pearce, Jim Rukutai, Charles Savory and Charles Webb.[1]

Fixtures[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Score Attendance Report
New South Wales Sydney Loss 15-17 35,000
New South Wales Sydney Loss 12-31
Newcastle Newcastle Loss 17-40
Queensland Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane Win 39-5
Queensland Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane Win 32-6
New South Wales Sydney Win 17-11
New South Wales Sydney Loss 10-34

On their return home, New Zealand defeated Canterbury 32-5, with Auld and Shadbolt playing for their home district.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c John Coffey and Bernie Wood, The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League, Hodder Moa, Auckland, 2007, p.p. 45-46.