1944 New Zealand rugby league season

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The 1944 New Zealand rugby league season was the 37th 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]

The West Coast defeated Canterbury 23-18.[1]

Club competitions[edit]


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


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


Addington won the Canterbury Rugby League's Massetti Cup.[2]

The competition consisted of Hornby, Linwood, Addington, Riccarton, Sydenham-Rakaia and Woolston-Hollywood.[1]

Addington defeated Blackball 11-10 to win the Thacker Shield and also defeated Randwick 19-18.[1]

Other Competitions[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987
  2. ^ a b c Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1990 New Zealand Rugby League, 1990. p.72