Ken English

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Ken English
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Hamilton English
Born (1927-01-09)9 January 1927
Gisborne, New Zealand
Died 24 February 2016(2016-02-24) (aged 89)
Masterton, New Zealand
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
St. George (WRL)
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1951–1952 New Zealand 1 0 0 0 0
Source: [1]

Kenneth "Ken" Hamilton English (9 January 1927 – 24 February 2016) was a New Zealand rugby league footballer of the 1950s, playing at representative level for New Zealand (#328), and Wellington, as a Prop, i.e. number 8 or 10, during the era of contested scrums.[2][3][4]

Playing career[edit]

A New Zealand Police officer, English switched codes from rugby union in the later 1940s, joining the St. George club in the Wellington Rugby League.

In 1947 English was part of the Wellington side that defeated the West Coast 11–4 to win the Northern Union Cup for the first time. In 1949 he was part of the Southern Provinces team that held the touring Australian side to 17–15.[5]

International honours[edit]

After a brilliant trial, English made his New Zealand Kiwis debut against the 1951 touring French side. With team mate Johnny Dodd, English was selected on the 1951-1952 tour of Great Britain and France.[1] He played in 14 games on the tour, scoring three tries, but never played another test match.[5]

Later years[edit]

English later served on the Wellington Rugby League board and was involved in acquiring Rugby League Park for Wellington. He was awarded life membership of both the Wellington Rugby League and the New Zealand Rugby League.[6]

English died in Masterton[6] on 24 February 2016.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Statistics at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Roll of Honour at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Past Kiwis → E at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Profile at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Team of the Century - Week 6 Wellington Rugby League
  6. ^ a b Clements, Carey (28 February 2016). "RIP Ken English Kiwi 328". New Zealand Rugby League. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "In memory of Kenneth Hamilton English". Tributes Online. Retrieved 5 March 2016.