Joseph Lavery

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Joe Lavery
Personal information
Full name Joseph Aloysius Lavery
Playing information
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 76 kg (12 st 0 lb)
Rugby union
Position Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1902–1904 Canterbury
Rugby league
Position Fullback, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1908 Leeds
1909 Leigh
1910 Salford 4 0 0 0 0
1913 Linwood
Total 4 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1907–1908 New Zealand 1
1915 Canterbury

Joseph Aloysius Lavery[1] was a New Zealand rugby footballer who was part of the professional 1907-1908 New Zealand rugby tour of Great Britain.

Early years[edit]

Lavery worked on for the New Zealand Railways Department.[2]

Rugby football[edit]

Lavery started his career playing for Temuka in 1901 before moving to Christchurch Albion where he was a club mate of Hubert Turtill and Charlie Pearce. Lavery represented Canterbury between 1902 and 1904 and played for the South Island in 1903.[2]

Rugby league[edit]

Lavery joined the professional All Blacks tour of Great Britain and Australia in 1907-1908, thus switching codes to rugby league as all members of the touring party received a life ban from the New Zealand Rugby Union. However, he was not in the touring parties first selection and played mostly in mid-week games, scoring two tries. Despite this Lavery played in one test match for New Zealand.

After the tour Lavery opted to stay in Britain and signed with Leeds (Heritage № 215), becoming the club's first ever overseas player.[3][2] Lavery also played for Leigh and then Salford in 1910, and was also the first ever overseas player to play for either club.[4][5]

By 1913 he had returned to New Zealand and played for Linwood in the first season of the Canterbury Rugby League competition.[6] He represented Canterbury in 1915.[6]

Later years[edit]

Lavery fought in World War I and in May 1918 the Linwood club minutes recorded a "vote of sympathy" for Lavery, "who had returned wounded".[6]


  1. ^ LAVERY, Joseph Aloysius 1907 - 08 - Kiwi #11
  2. ^ a b c John Haynes From All Blacks to All Golds: Rugby League's Pioneers, Christchurch, Ryan and Haynes, 1996. ISBN 0-473-03864-1
  3. ^ Champions reveal new look away kit, 21 January 2013
  4. ^ The Story So Far - 110 Years At The Willows
  5. ^ Club History
  6. ^ a b c Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987