Jim Amos (rugby league)

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Jim Amos
Personal information
Full name James Ernest Amos
Born April/June 1907
Cust, New Zealand
Died 31 August 1981 (aged 71)
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
Playing information
Position Centre, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–1927 Addington
1928 City
1929–1935 Addington
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1927 Canterbury
1928 Auckland
1929–1935 Canterbury
1929–1934 South Island
1930–1932 New Zealand 1 0 4 0 8
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1952 Christchurch Marist
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1936–1939 South Island
1946–1955 Canterbury
1947–1955 South Island
1952–1954 New Zealand
Source: RLP

James Ernest Amos was a New Zealand rugby league player and coach who represented his country and coached them, including at the 1954 World Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Amos played rugby union and soccer in his youth. When Marist Old Boys were expelled from the Canterbury Rugby Union in 1924 Amos was a lower grades player and followed the club to rugby league.[1]

Amos first played first grade for Addington in the Canterbury Rugby League competition and represented Canterbury in 1927.[2] He spent the 1928 season with the City Rovers in the Auckland Rugby League competition and played for Auckland.

Amos returned to Christchurch in 1929, re-joining the Addington club. Amos was captain of Canterbury between 1929 and 1935 and also captained the South Island from 1929 to 1932 and again in 1934.[2]

Representative career[edit]

Amos toured Australia in 1930 with New Zealand, playing against Queensland. He played his only Test match for New Zealand against Great Britain in 1932. Amos missed the 1935 tour of Australia due to injury.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Amos became a selector after retirement, spending thirteen years as a Canterbury selector between 1936 and 1956 and spending fourteen years as a South Island selector. Amos also served as a New Zealand selector three time from 1936 to 1939, 1945 and again from 1952 to 1954.[3]

Amos coached Canterbury between 1946 and 1955, the South Island between 1936 and 1939 and 1947 to 1955 and New Zealand between 1952 and 1954.[2] Amos coached New Zealand at the inaugural World Cup in 1954.

In 1952 Amos was a founding member of Christchurch Marist (know now as Marist-Western) and coached the club in 1952.

Amos was awarded the New Zealand Rugby League Distinguished Service Award in 1980.[2]

Amos died in Paraparaumu in 1981.[1]


  1. ^ a b Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987.
  2. ^ a b c d e AMOS, James Ernest - 1930, 1932 nzleague.co.nz
  3. ^ Bruce Montgomerie Those Who Played, Montgomerie Publishing, 2004. ISBN 0646434071
Preceded by
Thomas McClymont
New Zealand Kiwis

Succeeded by
Harold Tetley