1943 New Zealand rugby league season

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The 1943 New Zealand rugby league season was the 36th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand.

International competitions[edit]

New Zealand played in no international matches due to World War II.

National competitions[edit]

Northern Union Cup[edit]

West Coast again held the Northern Union Cup at the end of the season.

Inter-district competition[edit]

Waikato defeated Auckland at Carlaw Park during the season. They were not to repeat this feat until 1997.[1]

Club competitions[edit]


Manukau won the Auckland Rugby League's Fox Memorial Trophy, Rukutai Shield, Roope Rooster and Stormont Shield.[2]

Manukau also defeated Blackball 23-9 at Carlaw Park in October.

Manukau included Steve Watene, Jack Hemi and Pita Ririnui.[3]


Petone won the Wellington Rugby League's Appleton Shield.[2]


Sydenham-Rakaia won the Canterbury Rugby League's Massetti Cup.[2]

The competition consisted of Sydenham-Rakaia, Hornby, Linwood-Woolston, Addington, Central and Army Combined.[4]

Other Competitions[edit]

Blackball, who won the West Coast Rugby League championship, were not challenged for the Thacker Shield.[4] Blackball included Bob Aynsley, Ray Nuttall and Ken, Cecil and Bill Mountford.[3]


  1. ^ John Coffey Coasters give Reds a shock The Press, 15 September 1997
  2. ^ a b c Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1990 New Zealand Rugby League, 1990. p.72
  3. ^ a b Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4.
  4. ^ a b Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987