Ralph Caulton

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Ralph Caulton
Caulton in 1959
Birth nameRalph Walter Caulton
Date of birth(1937-01-10)10 January 1937
Place of birthWellington, New Zealand
Date of death9 June 2024(2024-06-09) (aged 87)
Place of deathNelson, New Zealand
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight77 kg (170 lb)
SchoolWellington College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1957–1965 Wellington ()
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1959–1964 New Zealand 16 (24)

Ralph Walter Caulton (10 January 1937 – 9 June 2024) was a New Zealand rugby union player. A wing, Caulton played for the Poneke club and represented Wellington at a provincial level.[1]

Caulton was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, from 1959 to 1964. He played 50 matches for the All Blacks including 16 internationals. He scored two tries in each of his first two test matches against the 1959 British Lions and scored eight tries in total in his 16 test matches.[2]

Later, Caulton was a Marlborough selector in the 1970s, including the period they held the Ranfurly Shield after winning it from Canterbury.[3] He served on the committees of both the Wellington and New Zealand Rugby Unions, and in 1985 was coach of the national under-17 rugby team.[4] Caulton died in Nelson on 9 June 2024, at the age of 87.[3][5]


  1. ^ Geertson, Kerry. "Ralph Walter Caulton". New Zealand Rugby History. Retrieved 14 June 2024.
  2. ^ "Ex-All Black Ralph Caulton has died, aged 87". Stuff. 12 June 2024. Retrieved 12 June 2024.
  3. ^ a b "Former All Black Ralph Caulton dies, aged 87". The New Zealand Herald. 11 June 2024. Retrieved 11 June 2024.
  4. ^ Luxford, Bob. "Ralph Caulton". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Ralph Caulton obituary". The New Zealand Herald. 13 June 2024. Retrieved 13 June 2024.