Phillip Orchard

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Phillip Orchard
Personal information
Full name Phillip Charles Orchard
Playing information
Position Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–1971 Ngongotaha Chiefs
1972–1975 St. George (WRL)
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–1971 Bay of Plenty
1969–1975 New Zealand 21 15 0 0 45
1972–1975 Wellington 17
Source: RLP

Phillip Charles Orchard is a former New Zealand rugby league player who represented his country in the 1972 and 1975 World Cups. He was later named in the New Zealand Rugby League's Team of the Century. His brother Robert was also a New Zealand representative.

Playing career[edit]

Orchard played with the Ngongotaha Chiefs in the Bay of Plenty Rugby League alongside his three brothers, Robert, Eddie and John. He was a Bay of Plenty representative.

Orchard first made the New Zealand Kiwis in 1969 and remained a New Zealand representative until 1975, he played in 21 test matches for his country including at two World Cup. His try in the 1971 tour of Great Britain secured New Zealand's first series win on British soil since the 1907-08 All Golds.[1]

In 1972 Orchard moved to Wellington, joining the St. George club. He scored 29 tries and 30 goals for a total of 141 points in his first season for the club. In 1975 Orchard scored a Wellington club record of 43 tries. Orchard also represented the district in inter-provincial league, playing in 17 matches.[2][3]

He played for the New Zealand Māori side in 1972.[4]


As of 2010, Orchard's 15 tries for the Kiwis puts him at sixth equal on the try-scoring charts.[5]

He was named one of New Zealand Rugby League's "Legends of League" in 2001 and in 2007 was named in the New Zealand Rugby League's Team of the Century.[6][7]

In 2012 he was named in the Wellington Rugby League's Team of the Century.


  1. ^ Three Kiwi Greats Inducted Into New Zealand Legends Of League, 17 April 2007
  2. ^ Orchard, Phillip Charles 1969 - 72, 1975 - Kiwi #475
  3. ^ Team of the Century - Week 2 Wellington Rugby League
  4. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 188. ISBN 9781869693312. 
  5. ^ Playing Records
  6. ^ "Graham is best in 100 years". The Sunday Star-Times. 2 December 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Legends of League New Zealand Rugby League