James Tilyard

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Jimmy Tilyard
Full name James Thomas Tilyard
Date of birth 27 August 1889
Place of birth Waratah, Tasmania, Australia
Date of death 1 November 1966(1966-11-01) (aged 77)
Place of death Dannevirke, New Zealand
Notable relative(s) Fred Tilyard (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) First five-eighth
New Zealand No. 205
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1908–11, 13–20
1912, 1921
Wellington
Wanganui
43
10
()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1913–20 New Zealand 1 (0)
Cricket information
Batting Left-handed
Role Batsman
Domestic team information
Years Team
1907–08 Wellington
Only First-class 2 April 1908  v Hawke's Bay
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 1
Runs scored 40
Batting average 20.00
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 31
Catches/stumpings 0/0
Source: CricketArchive, 14 February 2016

James Thomas "Jimmy" Tilyard (27 August 1889 – 1 November 1966) was a New Zealand rugby union player.

Tilyard, Australian born, represented Wellington and Wanganui provincially. He played his club rugby with Poneke. A brother, Fred, was also an All Black while other brothers competed in club rugby at a high level.[1]

He played his only Test match for New Zealand when he took the field as a first five-eighth in an 11-point loss to Australia at Christchurch in 1913. It was more of a second string All-Blacks team as the usual players had already started their tour of Canada when this Test, the final of the series, was played.[2]

Tilyard returned to the national team in 1920 and captained them for a tour of New South Wales. He made nine All Black appearances on the tour, scored four tries and kicked two conversions as well as a drop goal.[1]

The talented sportsman also appeared in one first-class cricket match for Wellington in 1908, against Hawke's Bay in Napier. In a drawn match, Tilyard contributed scores of 31 and nine.[3]

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