Robert Wilson (rugby union)

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Robert Wilson
Full name Robert James Wilson
Date of birth (1861-04-15)15 April 1861
Place of birth Kaiapoi, New Zealand
Date of death 14 May 1944(1944-05-14) (aged 83)
Place of death Perth, Australia
Weight 60 kg (9 st 6 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
New Zealand No. 18
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
East Christchurch
Athletic (Wellington)
City (Queensland)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1887–88 Queensland ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1884 New Zealand 6 (4)

Robert "Bob" James Wilson[1][2] (15 April 1861 – 14 May 1944)[3] was a New Zealand rugby union player who represented New Zealand national side, the All Blacks in 1884, playing in the forward position.


Known by the nickname "baby", (likely due to him weighing about 60 kilograms while playing in the forwards)[1][2][3] Wilson received national honours for the 1884 tour of New South Wales coming out of the now-defunct East Christchurch club. Although he never played a single provincial game in New Zealand. He was selected because of Edward D'Auvergne's withdrawal.[3][4]

The tour manager, S.E Sleigh described Wilson as "perhaps the youngest player in the team[4] who held his own with the other forwards".[3][4]

Wilson appeared in six of the nine total matches, in the process scoring two tries.

After the tour Wilson moved to Wellington and joined the Athletic club. He then moved to Queensland, Australia where out of the City club played for the state for two years between 1887 and 1888.[3][4]


Wilson became a telegraph operator and died in Perth, Western Australia in 1944.[3] He lived in the suburb of Subiaco and was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery.[5]


  1. ^ a b "the 1,109 New Zealand ALL BLACKS from 1884 - NATHAN to YOUNG :: Genealogy". Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "PECK of Taita - Family Tree". Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Stats |". Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d Chester, Rod; McMillan, Neville; Palenski, Ron (1987). The Encyclopedia Of New Zealand Rugby. Auckland, New Zealand: Moa Publications. p. 178. ISBN 0-908570-16-3. 
  5. ^ "Robert James Wilson". Retrieved 18 January 2018.