1948 New Zealand rugby league season
The 1948 New Zealand rugby league season was the 41st season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand.
New Zealand returned from their tour of Great Britain and France. The Kiwis then toured Australia, drawing the Test series 1-all. They defeated Newcastle 10-9. The New Zealand squad included; Warwick Clarke, Jack Forrest, Maurie Robertson, Allan Wiles, Dave Redmond, Abbie Graham, Des Barchard, John Newton, captain Pat Smith, Albert Hambleton, Charlie McBride, Clarence Hurndell, Travers Hardwick and Rex Cunningham. No coach was taken on the tour of Australia.
The New South Wales Rugby League's champion Western Suburbs Magpies club traveled to Auckland. They lost to Ponsonby and Mount Albert before losing to Richmond 18-6. They then participated in a champion of champions match against the Auckland Rugby League's champion Marist side, winning 19-15.
Northern Union Cup
Auckland sent a team to Wellington and the South Island in July, and at the same time hosted South Auckland. Auckland opened their tour with a 14-5 defeat of Wellington before defeating Canterbury 32-22 at Athletic Park. They then played the West Coast at Wingham Park, losing 18-2. The Auckland touring squad was coached by Stan Prentice, managed by Bill Telford and included Ray Cranch, Clarence Hurndell, Rex Cunningham, Roy Roff, Morrie Rich, Arthur McInnarney, Jack Russell-Green, Len Jordan and Doug Anderson.
While one team was on tour Auckland hosted, and defeated, South Auckland 60-9 at Carlaw Park. This Auckland side included Roy Nurse, Warwick Clarke, Des Barchard, Vic Belsham, Dave Redmond, Joffre Johnson, Travers Hardwick, George Davidson and Maurie Robertson.
Marist then hosted Runanga at Carlaw Park, winning 23-10 in a champion of champions match.
On 24 July Rakaia were led off during the match by their captain after a dispute with the referee who had sent a player off. It would be the last game of rugby league the club played as they were suspended by the Rugby League and did not return to the competition.
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