Bill King (rugby)

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Bill King
Personal information
Full name William Henry King
Born New Zealand
Playing information
Position Loose forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1913–19?? Sydenham
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1919 New Zealand 1 0 0 0 0
Source: RLP

William Henry "Bill" King[1] was a New Zealand rugby league player who represented his country.

Playing career[edit]

King was the second oldest of four brothers who all played for Sydenham; Tom, Frank and Bert. Usually a loose forward, King could play in the backs when required.

He started his career playing rugby union for the Sydenham Rugby Club before switching to rugby league halfway through the inaugural Canterbury Rugby League season in 1913.[2]

King served in the New Zealand Army during World War I.

After the war King returned to the Canterbury team. He was selected for New Zealand in 1919, playing in the first Test against Australia. He withdrew from New Zealand's 1919 tour of Australia due to business reasons.[2]

Later years[edit]

King coached the Sydenham juniors after his retirement.[2]


  1. ^ KING, WILLIAM HENRY 1919 - KIWI #130 Archived April 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987.