James Archer (rugby union)

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James Archer
Birth nameJames Albert Archer
Date of birth(1900-05-31)31 May 1900
Place of birthInvercargill, New Zealand
Date of death15 July 1979(1979-07-15) (aged 79)
Place of deathOamaru, New Zealand
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight83 kg (183 lb)
Notable relative(s)Robin Archer (nephew)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing forward
All Black No. 302
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Southland ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1925 New Zealand 0 (0)

James Albert Archer (31 May 1900 – 15 July 1979) was a New Zealand rugby union player. He was educated at Waimahaka School. A wing forward, Archer represented Southland at a provincial level, and was selected in 1925 for the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, for their tour of New South Wales. He played two matches for the All Blacks: a warm-up game against Wellington; and then the tour opener against New South Wales, where he suffered a serious knee injury that affected the rest of his rugby career.[1] Archer did not appear in any internationals.[2]


  1. ^ Chester, Rod; McMillan, Neville; Palenski, Ron (1987). The Encyclopedia of New Zealand Rugby. Auckland: Moa Publications. p. 21. ISBN 0-908570-16-3.
  2. ^ Pirates (Invercargill) RFC; Eastern Hawks RFC. "James Archer". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 19 September 2015.