Harold Hayward

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Harold Hayward
Personal information
Full name Harold Owen Hayward
Nickname Circus
Born (1883-05-23)23 May 1883
Blenheim, New Zealand
Died 25 July 1970(1970-07-25) (aged 87)
Thames, New Zealand
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Flanker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1903–11 Auckland 33
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1908 New Zealand 1 1 0 0 3
Rugby league
Position Loose forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1912 Thames
1912–14 Auckland
1912–13 New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0
As of 10 August 2012

Harold "Circus" Owen Hayward (1883–1970) was a New Zealand rugby football player who represented New Zealand in both rugby union and rugby league. His brother, Morgan, also represented New Zealand in rugby league.

Rugby union career[edit]

Growing up in Thames, Hayward played rugby union for the Goldfields sub-union and represented Auckland. His 33 appearances for Auckland between 1903 and 1911 were, however, sparadoic – undoubtedly because he lived so far away from the city.[1]

Hayward played for New Zealand against the touring Anglo-Welsh Lions in on 25 July 1908.[2] He also made his sole appearance for the North Island in 1908.[1]

Rugby league career[edit]

Hayward switched to rugby league in 1912 and made an immediate impact, playing for Thames, Auckland and touring Australia with New Zealand that year.[3] Like Goldfields, Thames was a sub-league of the Auckland Rugby League at the time.

Hayward captained the 1913 New Zealand tour of Australia and played for Auckland against Great Britain in 1914.[4][5]

Return to rugby union[edit]

Hayward returned to rugby union after World War One.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Circus Hayward allblacks.com
  2. ^ Circus Hayward scrum.com
  3. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908–2008. Huia Publishers. p. 55. ISBN 1-86969-331-0. ISBN 9781869693312. 
  4. ^ HAYWARD, Harold Owen 1912 – 13 – Kiwi #75 nzleague.co.nz
  5. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909–2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4.