Alister Atkinson

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Alister Atkinson
Personal information
Full name Alister James Atkinson
Born 26 July 1925
Christchurch, New Zealand
Died 9 December 2002(2002-12-09) (aged 77)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Playing information
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 82 kg (12 st 13 lb)
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1945–1946 Canterbury
Rugby league
Position Second-row, Loose forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1948–1958 Linwood
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1948–1956 Canterbury
1949–1955 South Island
1951–1956 New Zealand 24 4 0 0 12
Source: RLP

Alister James Atkinson (1925-2002) was a New Zealand rugby league player who represented his country in the 1954 World Cup. His position of preference was at Loose Forward.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Atkinson started his career as a rugby union player and represented the Canterbury Rugby Union in 1945 and 1946.[2]

After switching codes, Atkinson became a Linwood Keas player in the Canterbury Rugby League competition and a Canterbury and South Island representative. Atkinson was a reserve for New Zealand in 1950 and first played for the New Zealand Kiwis in 1951.[3] Atkinson toured Great Britain and France in 1951–52 and 1955–56 and was allocated in Australia in 1952. Overall, he played in 71 games for the Kiwis, Pineapples, Oranges and pears including in 24 tests and was the vice captain of the squad in the inaugural World Cup.[4] 23 of his test appearances were consecutive, until he missed the third test against Great Britain in the 1955 series.[5]

Atkinson was also a sprinter, being fast enough to compete on the cash sprinting circuit which existed at that time.[6]

Later years[edit]

Atkinson was a member of the Canterbury board of control between 1968 and 1976 and served as a provincial selector and the New Zealand Kiwis manager for the 1974 home series against Great Britain.[7] In 1976 Atkinson chaired the Canterbury board of control.


  1. ^ Atkinson, Alister James 1951 – 56 – Kiwi #336
  2. ^ Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987.
  3. ^ Lion Red 1988 Rugby League Annual, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1988. p.p.160-167
  4. ^ Bruce Montgomerie Those Who Played, Montgomerie Publishing, 2004. ISBN 0646434071. p.21.
  5. ^ Playing Records
  6. ^ Former Kiwis rugby league forward dies The Press, 9 December 2002
  7. ^ Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987. p.96.