Dave Solomon (rugby)

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Dave Solomon
Personal information
Full name David Solomon
Born (1913-05-31)31 May 1913
Levuka, Fiji
Died 15 August 1997(1997-08-15) (aged 84)
Auckland, New Zealand
Playing information
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 76 kg (12 st 0 lb)
Rugby union
Position Fullback, 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
Position Stand-off
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1939 New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0
Source: RLP

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.[1]

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.[1] 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 Kiwis squad, however the tour was cut short by World War II.[1][2]

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.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Dave Solomon allblacks.com
  2. ^ SOLOMON, DAVID 1939 – KIWI #283 nzleague.co.nz