Thomas McClymont

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Thomas McClymont
Personal information
Full name Thomas Allen McClymont
Born (1892-01-05)5 January 1892
Karangahake, New Zealand
Died 18 December 1974(1974-12-18) (aged 82)
Playing information
Position Fullback, Centre, Stand-off, Halfback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1913–19?? Ponsonby United
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1919–1924 New Zealand 4 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1958 Northern Districts (ARL)
Total 0 0 0 0
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1928 New Zealand 3 1 0 2 33
1938–1952 New Zealand
Source: [1]

Thomas Allen "Scotty" McClymont[2] (5 January 1892 – 18 December 1974) was a New Zealand rugby league player and coach who represented his country.

Early years[edit]

McClymont was born in Karangahake.[3] McClymont represented the Goldfields sub-union in rugby union.[4]

Playing career[edit]

McClymont played for Ponsonby United in the Auckland Rugby League competition, making his debut in 1913, and represented Auckland.[5] He was to be selected at fullback for New Zealand for the 1914 Test against Great Britain, however an injury delayed his debut until after the War.[4]

MyClymont was selected as Ponsonby captain in 1919. In 1919 he was first selected for New Zealand. McClymont played in four Test matches for his country between 1919 and 1924. McClymont captained New Zealand in the first Test match against Great Britain in 1924. Unfortunately a broken arm in this match hastened his retirement.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1928 McClymont coached New Zealand for a three match Test series against Great Britain. New Zealand lost 1-2. During the 1930s, McClymont coached Richmond in the Auckland Rugby League competition while remaining a New Zealand selector.[5]

McClymont again became coach in 1938 and McClymont retained the role after the War, coaching the Kiwis between 1947 and 1952. During this time he led a tour of Australia in 1939 and two tours of Great Britain and France, in 1947-48 and 1951-52. In 1958 McClymont coached the Northern Districts side in the ARL Competition. Districts were a combination of the North Shore and Northcote.[6]

McClymont died in 1974 and was buried at Purewa Cemetery in Auckland.[7] He was inducted as a New Zealand Rugby League Legend of League in 2007.[4]


  1. ^ "Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  2. ^ McCLYMONT, Thomas Allen - 1919 - 21, 1924
  3. ^ Karangahake At Its Peak Ohinemuri Regional History Journal 2, October 1964
  4. ^ a b c d Three Kiwi greats inducted into New Zealand Legends of League, 17 April 2007
  5. ^ a b Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4.
  6. ^ History
  7. ^ "Burial & cremation details". Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ernest Mair
New Zealand Kiwis coach
Succeeded by
Arthur Hennessy
Preceded by
Bill Kelly
Succeeded by
Jim Amos