Oscar Danielson

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Oscar Danielson
Personal information
Full name Oscar Gustav Danielson[1]
Born Samoa
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Marist Saints (ARL)
1970–1972 Newtown Jets 44 4 0 0 12
Total 44 4 0 0 12
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1964–1968 New Zealand Māori 2 0 0 0 0
1967–1969 New Zealand 5 1 0 0 3
Source: RLP

Oscar Danielson is a Samoan-born former rugby league player who represented New Zealand in the 1968 World Cup.

New Zealand career[edit]

Danielson played for the Marist Saints in the Auckland Rugby League competition and represented Auckland.[2]

Born in Samoa, this qualified him for the New Zealand Māori side under the rules at the time and he played for them twice, in 1964 when they defeated France 7-5 and in 1968 against NSW Country.[3] Danielson was also part of the Auckland side that lost 11-12 to the touring Great Britain team in 1966.

He was first selected for the New Zealand Kiwis in 1967 and went on to play in five test matches over three seasons, including at the 1968 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Newtown career[edit]

In 1970 Oscar Danielson joined the Newtown Jets in the New South Wales Rugby League premiership on a $4000 a year contract. Newtown paid the New Zealand Rugby League $12,000 to sign him.[4] He played with Newtown for three seasons, under coach Harry Bath.

He is believed to have been the first Samoan born player to compete in the NSWRL competition.[5]

In 1973 he moved to a captain-coach role at Corrimal Cougars and he stayed at the club for many years.


  1. ^ DANIELSON, Oscar Gustav - 1967 - 69 nzleague.co.nz
  2. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4.
  3. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 138. ISBN 9781869693312. 
  4. ^ Tough nuts led the brawn drain New Zealand Herald, 2 October 2012
  5. ^ 'Polys' playing starring role in NRL stuff.co.nz, 3 March 2009