Dave Solomon (rugby)

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Dave Solomon
Personal information
Full nameDavid Solomon
Born(1913-05-31)31 May 1913
Levuka, Fiji
Died15 August 1997(1997-08-15) (aged 84)
Auckland, New Zealand
Playing information
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight76 kg (12 st 0 lb)
Rugby union
PositionFullback, first five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1934 Waikato
1935 Auckland
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1935–1936 New Zealand 8 1 0 0 3
Rugby league
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1939 New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0
Source: [1]

Dave Solomon (31 May 1913 – 15 August 1997) was a Fijian-born rugby football player who represented New Zealand in both rugby union (as a five-eighth and fullback) and rugby league. His brother Frank Solomon was also an All Black.

Early years[edit]

Solomon attended Mt Albert Grammar, and was in the 1st XV in 1931.[2]

Rugby union career[edit]

Playing with the Ponsonby rugby union club, Solomon moved south; playing for the Matamata sub-union 1932–43 and represented the Waikato Rugby Union in 1934 before moving back home and playing for Auckland 1935–38, in every back position except wing.[2] He made the 1935 All Blacks tour and travelled with the squad to Great Britain, playing in eight tour matches in 1934–35 and scored 3 points (a try) for New Zealand.

Rugby league career[edit]

In 1939 Solomon switched codes to play rugby league. He was named in the 1939–40 New Zealand national rugby league team squad, however the tour was cut short by World War II.[2][3]

Return to rugby union[edit]

After the war he returned to rugby union, and coached the East Coast Bays and Northcote clubs on the North Shore.

Later years[edit]

Solomon became a Samoan Matai. He died in Auckland on 15 August 1997.[2]


  1. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Dave Solomon allblacks.com
  3. ^ SOLOMON, DAVID 1939 – KIWI #283 nzleague.co.nz