Lou Petersen

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Lou Petersen
Personal information
Full name Louis Charles Petersen
Born (1897-04-19)19 April 1897
Akaroa, New Zealand
Died 25 June 1961(1961-06-25) (aged 64)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Playing information
Weight 81 kg (12 st 11 lb)
Rugby union
Position Loose Forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–1924 Marist Old Boys
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1919–1923 Canterbury 19
1921–1923 New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1924–1926 Marist Old Boys
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1924–1926 Canterbury
1924–1927 New Zealand 3 1 0 0 3
1926 South Island 1

Louis Charles Petersen[1] (1897–1961) was a dual-code rugby footballer who represented New Zealand in rugby union and rugby league.

Early years[edit]

Petersen served with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War I and it was here that he developed his football skills, playing for the "Trench team".[2]

Rugby union career[edit]

Petersen began his career with the Marist Old Boys club in Christchurch and in 1919 was first selected to represent Canterbury.[3] He made the South Island side in 1919, 1920 and 1921.

In 1922 Petersen was called up to the All Blacks and he played in eight games for New Zealand, although he did not appear in any Test matches.[3]

In 1924 Marist Old Boys became locked in a dispute with the Canterbury Rugby Union and quit, instead fielding rugby league and soccer teams. Petersen followed the club, taking up rugby league.

Rugby league career[edit]

Petersen made an immediate impact and was one of six Marist Old Boys players who were selected to represent New Zealand that season. In total Petersen played in three Test matches for his country in rugby league. He captained Cantebury in 1925 and played for the South Island in 1926.[2]

Petersen was part of the 1926–1927 tour of Great Britain that was marred by strike and he was one of seven players suspended for life by the New Zealand Rugby League on his return.[3] The ban was lifted in 1962, one year after Petersen's death.


  1. ^ PETERSEN, Louis Charles 1924 – 27 – Kiwi #162 Archived 1 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine. nzleague.co.nz
  2. ^ a b Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987.
  3. ^ a b c Louis Petersen allblacks.com