Herb Lilburne

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Herb Lilburne
Personal information
Full name Herbert Theodore Lilburne
Nickname Herb, Herbie
Born (1908-03-16)16 March 1908
Burnham, New Zealand
Died 12 June 1976 (aged 68)
Dunedin, New Zealand
Playing information
Weight 12 st 2 lb (77 kg)
Rugby union
Position Fullback, Centre, Fly-half
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1928–30 Marist Albion RFC
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1926–30 Canterbury 20
1930–≤35 Wellington 22
1927–29 South Island 2
1931–33 North Island 3
1928–34 New Zealand 10 0 0 2 4
Rugby league
Position Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1935–≥35 Wellington
1935 New Zealand 1 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%

Herbert "Herb"/"Herbie" Theodore Lilburne (16 March 1908 – 12 June 1976) born in Burnham, was a New Zealand dual-code international rugby union and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1920s, and 1930s, and coached in the 1940s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for New Zealand, South Island, North Island, Canterbury, and Wellington, and at club level for Marist Albion RFC, as a Fullback, Centre, or Fly-half, i.e. number 15, or, 13 or 12, or 10, and playing representative level rugby league (RL), for New Zealand, and Wellington, as a Wing, i.e. number 2 or 5,[1] and having been reinstated from rugby league in the World War II amnesty, coaching club level rugby union (RU) for Zingari-Richmond Rugby Club. Following the injuries to the New Zealand (RU) captain Cliff Porter, and vice-captain Bill Dalley, Herb Lilburne was appointed captain for the first test of New Zealand's 1929 tour of Australia, at 21-years and 112-days he is the youngest New Zealand test captain to date,[2] he died in Dunedin

International honours[edit]

Herb Lilburne won caps for New Zealand (RU) in 1928 against South Africa (2 matches), in 1929 against Australia (3 matches), in 1930 against British Lions (2 matches), and 1931 against Australia, in 1932 against Australia, and in 1934 gainst Australia, and won a cap for New Zealand (RL) in the 8–29 defeat by Australia at Carlaw Park on 2 October 1935.[3]


  1. ^ "Statistics at espnscrum.com". espnscrum.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Profile at stats.allblacks.com". stats.allblacks.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Statistics at nzleague.co.nz". nzleague.co.nz. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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