Joey Sadler

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Joey Sadler
Bernard Sydney Sadler passport photo.jpg
Birth nameBernard Sydney Sadler
Date of birth(1914-07-28)28 July 1914
Place of birthWellington, New Zealand
Date of death24 June 2007(2007-06-24) (aged 92)
Place of deathWellington, New Zealand
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb)
SchoolWellington College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Halfback
All Black No. 414
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1934–37 Wellington ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1935–36 New Zealand 5 (0)

Bernard Sydney "Joey" Sadler (28 July 1914 – 24 June 2007) was a New Zealand rugby union player who played at halfback for the All Blacks in 1935–36.


Bernard Sydney Sadler passport application (1935)

Sadler was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1914. He first attracted attention playing in the Wellington College 1st XV between 1930 and 1932. Sadler played club rugby for Wellington College Old Boys and made the Wellington representative side in 1934.[1]

He was picked for the All Blacks' 1935–36 squad, playing 15 games including three internationals on tour in the British Isles and Canada.[2] He played in both tests in the Bledisloe Cup against the touring Australian side in 1936.

Unfortunately, he damaged a nerve in his knee in a club game early in the 1937 season to such an extent that he never played rugby again.[1] Sadler was a small player known by the British press as "the pocket battleship" for his strength.[2] He was also a skilled ball player with good leg speed.[1]

Sadler married Noeleen Welborne Nelson at St Mark's Church, Wellington, on 5 February 1941.[3] They lived for much of their lives in Paraparaumu Beach.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Joey Sadler at
  2. ^ a b c The Dominion Post "Ex-All Black, wife a team for 60 years" 5/2/2001 via Ebbsco's Australia New-Zealand Reference Centre
  3. ^ "Marriage". Evening Post. 26 February 1941. p. 1. Retrieved 27 January 2016.