John Yates (rugby league)

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John Yates
Personal information
Full name John Edward Yates
Born New Zealand
Playing information
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1952 North Auckland
Rugby league
Position Prop, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1954–1957 New Zealand 6 0 0 0 0
Source: RLP

John Yates is a New Zealand former rugby league player who represented his country in two World Cups. His brother, Victor, was a New Zealand rugby union representative and played rugby league for Auckland while his father, Moses, represented North Auckland in rugby union.

Playing career[edit]

Yates originally played rugby union, playing his first senior game for Rarawa and was chosen for North Auckland.[1]

In 1953 Yates switched codes and he quickly became an Auckland representative and first played for the New Zealand Kiwis in 1954.[2] He was part of both the 1954 and 1957 World Cup squads.

In 1958 he was part of Auckland Rugby League's first ever Grand Final, being part of the Otahuhu Leopards side that lost 7-16 to Ponsonby.[3]


  1. ^ The Sporting Yates Family Te Ao Hou The New World, No. 37 (December 1961) p.60.
  2. ^ YATES, John Edward - 1954 - 57 Archived 5 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4.