Rex Percy

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Rex Percy
Personal information
Full name Rex William Percy[1]
Born (1934-01-26)26 January 1934
Thames, New Zealand
Died 2 May 2015(2015-05-02) (aged 81)
Golden Beach, Queensland, Australia
Playing information
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 83.5 kg (13 st 2 lb)
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Thames Valley
Rugby league
Position Loose forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1961–1963 Balmain Tigers 3 8 0 25
Total 0 3 8 0 25
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1955–1959 New Zealand 9 5 2 0 19
Source: [2]

Rex William Percy (26 January 1934 – 2 May 2015) was a New Zealand rugby league player who represented his country in the 1957 World Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Thames, Percy originally played rugby union. He played for the Thames High School first XV and also represented the Thames Valley Rugby Football Union. His father, Bill Percy, had also been a Thames Valley representative.[3]

Percy played for the Ponsonby club in the Auckland Rugby League competition and was an Auckland representative. In 1955 he was first selected for the New Zealand Kiwis, touring Great Britain and France.[4] He was again named for the Kiwis in 1957, being part of the World Cup squad that year.

In 1958 Percy was part of the first ever Grand Final in the Auckland Rugby League competition, which Ponsonby won 16-7. He also toured the South Island with Auckland and played for the Kiwis against Great Britain that year. 1959 was his last year in a Kiwis jersey and he toured Australia.

Percy played in nine test matches during his career and scored 19 test points for his country. In total, Percy scored 31 tries in 39 games for the Kiwis between 1955 and 59. No forward has scored more tries in a black jersey and he also kicked goals.[3]

In 1961 Percy joined the Balmain Tigers in the New South Wales Rugby League competition. He played for the Tigers for three seasons and scored 25 points during this time. He then played for Parkes and Yass before retiring in 1966. His son, Matthew Percy, represented Australia in the America's Cup and at the 1988 Summer Olympics.[3]

He died at Golden Beach, Queensland on 2 May 2015.[5]


  1. ^ PERCY, Rex William - 1955 - 59
  2. ^ Rex Percy
  3. ^ a b c RIP Kiwi #368 Rex Percy
  4. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4.
  5. ^ "Rex Percy obituary". New Zealand Herald. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015.