Jimmy Haig

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Jimmy Haig
Personal information
Full name James Scott Haig
Born (1924-12-07)7 December 1924
Prestonpans, East Lothian, Scotland
Died 28 October 1996(1996-10-28) (aged 71)
Dunedin, New Zealand
Playing information
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 75 kg (11 st 11 lb)
Rugby union
Position Halfback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1945–46 Otago 9
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1946 New Zealand 2 1 0 0 3
Rugby league
Position Halfback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1947–51 Prebbleton (CRL)
1952–53 Marist (CRL)
1954 Unknown (ORL)
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1947–53 Canterbury
1947–53 South Island
1947–54 New Zealand 21 3 2 0 13
1954 Otago
Source: [1] Scrum.com

James Scott "Jimmy" Haig (7 December 1924 – 28 October 1996) was a New Zealand rugby footballer who represented his country in both rugby league and rugby union.

Early years[edit]

Haig was born in Scotland but emigrated to New Zealand at a young age with his family and grew up in Kaitangata in Otago.[2] His elder brother, Laurie, was also an All Black.[2] Another brother, Bert, played for Otago in rugby union while another, Bill, represented the province in cricket.

Rugby union career[edit]

Haig made his first grade debut for Otago in 1945, playing in four matches, and also playing for the South Island and a New Zealand XV that year.

He played in another five matches in 1946 for Otago and again represented the South Island.[2]

Haig made his All Blacks debut against Australia on 14 September 1946. He played in the next Test match on the 28 September but this was also to be his last, as Haig switched codes to rugby league the following season.

Rugby league career[edit]

Haig moved to Canterbury in 1947, playing for the new Prebbleton club in the Canterbury Rugby League competition and representing the province. Pat Smith had lured him north from Dunedin with a cash incentive and a barman's job.[3] He made his debut for the New Zealand Kiwis that same year.[4] Part of Haig's reason for the switch was the opportunity to tour Great Britain and Haig was selected for the Kiwis 1947–48 tour of his place of birth.[2]

He was the New Zealand captain for nine Test matches between 1951 and 1954.[4] Haig moved clubs in 1952, joining the new Marist club.[5]

Haig returned to Otago in 1954, representing the province and again being selected for the Kiwis.[4] He retired at the end of the year.

Later years[edit]

Haig later coached the Pirates club in the Otago Rugby Union competition, where his son Barry played.[2] He was the last New Zealand dual-code rugby international until Kurt Sherlock in 1989.[6]

Haig died aged 71 on the 28 October 1996.

The New Zealand Rugby Union presented his family with his All Blacks cap in 2009.[7]


  1. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Jimmy Haig 'allblacks.com
  3. ^ "In the beginning was Pat Smith". The Press. 24 August 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c HAIG, James Scott 1947 – 54 – Kiwi #300 nzleague.co.nz
  5. ^ Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987
  6. ^ Lion Red 1989 Rugby League Annual New Zealand Rugby League, p.10
  7. ^ Hepburn, Steve (6 June 2009). "Rugby: Haig brothers to get capped finally". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 6 October 2011.