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Anthony Murray (New Zealand rugby league)

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Anthony Murray
Personal information
Full nameAnthony Charles Murray
Born14 October 1959
New Zealand
Died16 May 2006(2006-05-16) (aged 46)
New Zealand
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Takahiwai Warriors
1980–81 Wigan Warriors 2 0 0 0 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Northern Districts
New Zealand Māori
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1991–92 Northland

Anthony Murray (died 16 May 2006) was a New Zealand rugby league footballer and coach who played professionally for Wigan.

Playing career[edit]

Murray played for the Takahiwai Warriors alongside his twin brother, Thomas.[1] During the 1980–81 Rugby Football League season, Murray played for the Wigan club and made two appearances off the bench.[2]

Murray was a Northland and Northern Districts representative and played for the New Zealand Māori, touring Britain in 1983 and competing in the 1986 Pacific Cup.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Murray coached Northland in 1991 and 1992.[4][5]

Later years[edit]

Murray was later influential, along with Harry Clyde, in getting the Northern Storm accepted into the 2006 Bartercard Cup.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Murray belonged to the Ngāti Haua subtribe of the Te Rarawa iwi (Māori tribe).[7]

Murray collapsed and died on 16 May 2006 aged 46. The Northern Storm's first win, 40-22 against Wellington on the following weekend, was dedicated to Murray.[7]


  1. ^ Close encounters with a legend: Anthony Murray remembered Archived 2020-01-21 at the Wayback Machine The Northern Advocate, 19 May 2006
  2. ^ Anthony Murray Archived 2018-06-09 at the Wayback Machine wigan.rlfans.com
  3. ^ Coffey, John; Wood, Bernie (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 225. ISBN 978-1-86969-331-2.
  4. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1991 New Zealand Rugby League, 1991. p.p.129-132
  5. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1992 New Zealand Rugby League, 1992. p.p.144-150
  6. ^ Big crowd expected to farewell the Storm The Northern Advocate, 17 August 2011
  7. ^ a b Thousands farewell Ngati Haua stalwart The Northern Advocate, 22 May 2006