Tom Cross (rugby)

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Tom Cross
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Personal information
Full name Thomas William Cross
Nickname Angry
Born (1876-01-21)21 January 1876
Dunedin, New Zealand
Died 3 July 1930(1930-07-03) (aged 54)
Wellington, New Zealand
Playing information
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 93 kg (14 st 9 lb)
Rugby union
Position Back row, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1898–1900 Otago
1901–1902 Canterbury
1903–1907 Wellington
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1901–1906 New Zealand 2 1 0 0 3
Rugby league
Position Loose forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1907–1908 New Zealand 8 1 0 0 3
1908–1909 Wellington
Source: [1][2]

Tom "Angry" William Cross was a New Zealand rugby footballer who represented New Zealand in both rugby union and rugby league.

Early years[edit]

Cross worked as a labourer and while in Petone worked at the Gear Meat Works.[3]

Rugby football[edit]

Cross was originally from Dunedin and played rugby union for the Kaikorai Club in 1896. Cross was considered a very large man for the times and he represented Otago from 1898 to 1900. He then joined the Linwood club in Christchurch and represented Canterbury from 1901 to 1902, gaining South Island selection in 1902.[3] By 1903 he had moved to Wellington and played for both the Poneke and Petone Rugby Clubs. He again earned provincial selection, playing for Wellington. When in Wellington he played for the North Island, being one of the first players to have represented both Islands. He ended his rugby union career on a sour note, being sent off for foul play in a club match and subsequently suspended for the rest of the season.

Cross made his All Blacks debut in 1901 and won selection again in 1904, 1905 and 1906. At the time he was regarded as one of the "hard men" of New Zealand rugby.[3]

Rugby league[edit]

Being an excellent support player despite his large size made him an automatic selection for the professional All Blacks in their 1907–08 tour of Great Britain and Australia.[3] He was one of six players from the Petone Rugby Club selected.[4] While on tour Cross played in all eight test matches and, along with Wright, Johnston and Pearce, made up the core of the forward pack during the tour. He was sent off in the third test match against the Northern Union but scored a try in the second test against Australia.

On his return to New Zealand, Cross represented Wellington in provincial matches against Auckland and Taranaki. On 9 October 1909 he was part of the Wellington side that defeated Auckland, in Auckland, 22-19. This was the first of only five victories for Wellington over Auckland in over 100 years.[5] Cross retired after the 1909 season.[6]

Like five other members of the touring party Cross is buried at Karori Cemetery.[7]


Cross was named in the Second-row in the Petone Panthers' Team of the Century in 2012.[8]


  1. ^ Thomas Cross rugbyleagueproject
  2. ^ Tom Cross
  3. ^ a b c d John Haynes From All Blacks to All Golds: Rugby League's Pioneers, Christchurch, Ryan and Haynes, 1996. ISBN 0-473-03864-1
  4. ^ Petone Rugby played big part in 'All Golds' Petone Rugby Club, Accessed 14 August 2009
  5. ^ History Of Wellington Rugby League Association Wellington Rugby League
  6. ^ Team of Century Week 8 Wellington Rugby League
  7. ^ Relatives and Teams to remember Original All Golds NZRL Press Release, 10 October 2007
  8. ^ "Petone Rugby League marks its 100th year". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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