Bill Sorensen

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Bill Sorensen
Personal information
Full name William Sorensen
Born Tonga
Died 29 January 1996
Playing information
Position Centre, Stand-off
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1953–60 New Zealand 22 3 15 0 39
New Zealand Māori
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
Source: RLP

William (Bill) Sorensen was a New Zealand rugby league player who represented his country in the 1954, 1957 and 1960 World Cups. His brother Dave also played for the Kiwis as did two of his nephews; Dane and Kurt.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Sorensen was a member of the Ponsonby United Rugby League Club and represented Auckland.[2]

He played in twenty four tests for the New Zealand Kiwis, including seven games at the 1954, 1957 and 1960 World Cups. He was selected to go on the 1955–56 New Zealand rugby tour of Great Britain and France. After the 1957 World Cup Sorensen played for the Rest of the World against Australia.

Sorensen also represented the New Zealand Māori side.[3] He retired following the 1960 World Cup.[4]

In 1963 Sorensen was player-coach for a New South Wales country team.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

Sorensen was the Auckland coach when they competed the grand slam in 1977, defeating Australia, France and Great Britain in a three-week period.[6]

He also served as a selector for the New Zealand Kiwis.[7]


He was made a life member of the New Zealand Rugby League in 1991.[7]

Sorensen died in 1996, leaving behind his widow Olga.

His daughter is Debbie Sorensen a prominent Pacific Health leader [6]

He was inducted into the New Zealand Rugby League's "Legends of League" in 2000.[8]


  1. ^ Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8
  2. ^ Centenary Test marks first International on home soil Archived October 23, 2010, on Wayback Machine., 22 October 2010
  3. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 139. ISBN 978-1-86969-331-2. 
  4. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4. p.183.
  5. ^ Goodman, Tom (9 June 1963). "Hands off the Kiwis". The Sun-Herald. Australia. p. 44. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Warriors to mark 30th Anniversary of Auckland's unique grand slam, 19 August 2007
  7. ^ a b Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1991 New Zealand Rugby League, 1991. p.19
  8. ^ Legends of League New Zealand Rugby League