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RAYMOND ALFRED DALTON

Date of Birth: 14/07/1919

Representative Teams

Wellington 1946-48 (Wellington)
South Island 1948 NZ Trials 1947
Otago 1948, 50 (Pirates)

Position: Front-Row Forward

Biography: NZ Services 1945/46 Educated Te Awamutu Primary School and Te Awamutu College. Served as a flight-lieutenant in the RNZAF during WWII and was prominent in the NZ Services team in England 1944-46 as a back-row forward. On his return to New Zealand he commenced playing as a prop. Toured Australia 1947 playing in both Tests and then chosen as vice- captain of the 1949 All Blacks in South Africa. Played in 12 tour matches but a groin injury affected his form and restricted his appearances. Standing almost 6 feet and weighing 14 ½ stone, Dalton was a well-built prop with good scrummaging technique and energetic in loose play. Retired from Rugby after the 1950 season. Father of Andy Dalton, the 1977-80 All Black. An advertising executive.

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WILLIAM CHARLES FRANCIS

Date of Birth: 04/02/1894

Representative Teams

Wellington 1913-15, 21 (Wellington)
North Island 1914

Position: Front-Row Forward

Biography: Educated at New Plymouth Convent and West End Primary Schools. Played senior football as a 17 year-old for the Tukapa club under the captaincy of All Black ‘Simon’ Mynott. Shifted to Wellington 1912 joining the Oriental club. The following year he transferred to the Wellington club and won selection for the New Zealand team to play the Australians in the 2nd and 3rd Tests. He was five months short of his 20th birthday and the youngest every forward to play Test Rugby for New Zealand. Toured Australia 1914 and appeared in all three Tests, scoring two tries in the third encounter. A plumber before WWI, he joined the Regular Army 1919 and served in the Trentham Ordinance Depot. Later lived in Whakatane and Buckland near Pukekohe. Retired as a Captain in the NZ Regular Army and awarded the M.B.E. Francis died at Pukekohe 28 November 1981, he was then the oldest living All Black. As he was only 19 when he first played for the All Blacks, he was probably an All Black longer than any other person — 68 years!! back to the top.

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RONALD HUGH HORSLEY

Date of Birth: 04/07/1932

Representative Teams

Wellington 1954-61 (Wellington)
Manawatu 1962-64 (Kia Toa)
North Island 1961

Position: Lock Forward

Biography: Educated Miramar South Primary School and Rongotai College. Played for a Wellington XV 1954, 55 before gaining a place in the Wellington team 1956. A 16 stone lock who stood 6’ 41/2’ tall Horsley was selected in the team to tour South Africa 1960. Improved greatly on tour playing in 14 of the 26 matches in South Africa including the final three internationals as well as in three matches in Australia. Described as an honest and determined player, Horsley made his only All Black appearance in New Zealand against the Rest of New Zealand after the team’s return home. Included in the 1963-64 team to tour the British Isles and France but after showing good form early in the tour playing in 12 of the first 20 matches, Horsley had his appendix removed which kept him out of action until a match in British Columbia on the journey home. Captain and coach of the Kia Toa club in Palmerston North 1963-65. Nelson selector and coach of Nelson-Marlborough-Golden Bay combined 1966. Golden Bay-Motueka selector 1967, 68; Nelson Bays selector 1969, 70. Member of the Wellington Junior Advisory Board and Under-19 selector 1974, 75. Wellington club chairman 1975. Ron Horsley worked in the family business and then became a hotel proprietor. Now resides in retirement in Rotorua.

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LANCELOT MATTHEW JOHNSON

Date of Birth: 09/08/1897

Representative Teams

Wellington 1923-25. 27. 29. 30. 32 (Wellington)
Hawke’s Bay 1 926 (Celtic)
North Island 1927. 29

Position: Five-eighth

Biography: Educated at Lumsden School and Southland Boys’ High School, 1st XV 1915. First represented New Zealand on the 1925 tour of New South Wales where he appeared in all three matches against the state side. Toured South Africa with the 1928 All Blacks, appearing in three Tests at 1St five- eighth and one at 2nd five-eighth. His final match for the All Blacks was against North Otago before the series against the 1930 Lions. Described as ‘swift and elusive’, Lance Johnson stood 5’ 8” and weighed around 12 stone. Played three Ranfurly Shield games for Hawke’s Bay 1926, including the 58-8 drubbing of Wellington, the team he represented over seven seasons. Canterbury selector 1949, 50. An account ant with a stock and station agent. back to the top.

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FRANCIS DAVID KILBY

Date of Birth: 24/04/1906

Representative Teams

Southland 1925, 26 (Star)
Wellington 1927. 30-36 (Wellington)
Wanganui 1929 (Pirates)

Position: Half-Back

Biography: Educated at Southland Boys High School, 1st XV 1921. 22. Joined the Southland team 1925 as a 19 year-old and in the following season played for the South Island. Moving to Wellington he was chosen for the North Island 1927. Following this inter-island match he was named in the team to tour South Africa 1928. A broken ankle-bone restricted his appearances on this tour to five. Captained the 1932 and 1934 All Blacks on tours to Australia, playing in all three Tests on the first visit while an injury prevented him taking the field in the First Test of the latter tour. Also led the North Island 1932, 33, 35 after which he announced his retirement. Described as ‘showing up brilliantly, especially when playing behind heavy forwards. In defence he has a wonderful sense of anticipation.’ Kilby stood 5’ 6” and his playing weight was around 11 stone. He was considered unlucky by some critics to have missed out on selection for the 1935-36 touring team. In subsequent years he built up an impressive record in Rugby administration including: Wairarapa RFU management committee 1944, 45; Auckland selector 1951, 52; NZRFU executive 1955-74. Manager of the NZ Maoris to Australia 1958 and the 1963-64 New Zealand team in Britain. Elected life member of the NZRFU 1976. Also represented Southland at cricket, Frank Kilby was a bank manager.

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GERALD FORBES McKELLAR

Date of Birth: 09/01/1884

Representative Teams

Hawke’s Bay 1905 (Scinde)
Wellington 1908-10 (Wellington)
Otago 1911, 12 (Pirates)

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Biography: Educated at Otago Boys’ High School. Volunteered from school for service in the Boer War. Played his early representative Rugby as a wing three quarter. Came into the 1910 All Black team to Australia when ‘Circus’ Hayward was unable to travel and played at wing-forward in the First Test and in the back row of the scrum the next two. McKellar retired as Collector of Customs in Dunedin.

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HUGH FOSTER McLEAN

Date of Birth: 18/07/1907

Representative Teams

Wellington 1928, 30-33 (Wellington)
Taranaki 1929 (Star)
Auckland 1934-39 (Grafton)

Position: Loose Forward

Biography: Educated at Hastings Boys’ High School and Napier Boys’ High School, 1st XV 1923. Represented Hawke’s Bay Juniors 1925 from the Hastings club before moving to Wellington where he made his first-class debut - then entering the North Island team during the following year from Taranaki. He made his All Black debut in the 3rd Test against the 1930 Lions scoring two tries in the match. Played in the final Test of that series and toured Australia 1932, 34 missing only the 2nd Test on the latter visit. His 14 games with the 1935, 36 All Blacks included the Irish, Welsh and English internationals. A tall player at 6’ 2 ½” and 14 stone, McLean was generally an excellent loose forward whose early form on the British tour was said to be disappointing but redeemed by good performances later. With another ex-All Black, Ron Bush, he established the Barbarians club in New Zealand 1937 and captained the team in their first game (v Auckland 1938). His father, Jack McLean. and four uncles represented Wanganui around the turn of the century. Two brothers, Gordon (Taranaki and Wellington), and. Bob (Taranaki and Wanganui), also played representative Rugby. Another brother, Sir Terry McLean, is a noted sporting journalist and author of numerous Rugby books. Selected in the New Zealand rowing eight which was unable to travel to the 1928 Olympic Games because of lack of funds. North Shore Golf Club captain 1948,49. Employed in the carpet trade for many years.

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MURRAY GRAHAM MEXTED

Date of Birth: 05/09/1953

Representative Teams

Wellington 1975 (Tawa)
1976-85 (Wellington)
North Island 1978-80, 84

Position: Number eight

Biography: Educated Tawa Primary, Wellington Primary representative 1966, and Tawa College, 1St XV 1971 Wellington Secondary school representative. Mexted was chose for the second-string New Zealand side against Argentina in 1979 and toured at the end of the year with the full team on the tour of England and Scotland, making his test debut against Scotland (scoring a try) and beginning a remarkable sequence of 34 successive internationals. Mexted made the All Black number eight position his own and during his 1979-85 tenure had few serious challengers. Wherever the All Blacks went in the first half of the 80s, Mexted was sure to go. In an era when many All Blacks were complaining of too much rugby, Mexted seemed to thrive on it and in between New Zealand and Welling ton commitments, he played club rugby in France and in South Africa. As a member of the All Blacks named for the aborted 1985 tour of South Africa, Mexted toured in 1986 with the unofficial Cavaliers and made himself unavailable for the rest of the season. Standing 1.93 m and weighing 97kg. Mexted was regarded as having the ideal number eight’s build (although both his successors in the All Blacks were shorter). He was particularly effective running off the back of the line-out and was an unobtrusive but extremely effective defender. In 1986 his autobiography, Pieces of Eight was published. That year he also married a former Miss Universe, Lorraine Downes. Mexted’s father, Graham, played for New Zealand in 1950 and 1951. Murray was a manager for the family motor firm, Mexted Motors of Tawa.

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DONALD JOSEPH OLIVER

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Representative Teams

Position: Wing Three-Quarter

Biography: Educated Heriot School. Represented five separate unions in six seasons. Played for New Zealand against North Otago in a preliminary match before the 1930 Lions tour and appeared in the first two Tests of that series. Despite a fine try in the 2nd Test he was dropped in a reshuffle of the backline. Described as ‘a very solid type of wing… defence excellent and plenty of pace when he got going.’ His statistics were given as 510” and l2st 4lb. Served as a Horowhenua selector 1949-50; Manawatu-Horowhenua 1949-50. Worked as a prison officer and hydatids inspector.

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JAMES RUSSELL PAGE

Date of Birth: 10/05/1908

Representative Teams

Wellington 1930-34 (Wellington)
North Island 1933
NZ Trials 1934. 35

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Biography: Nicknamed Rusty. Educated at Southland Boys High School. 1st XV 1923-26. Attended the Royal Military College (Sandhurst) 1927- 30. Played for the London Scottish club and acted as a reserve for the Scottish international team. He returned to New Zealand 1930 and in the next year was called into the New Zealand team to play Australia at Auckland when Charlie Oliver withdrew. Normally a first five- eighth he appeared at centre in his maiden international. Returned to his preferred position for the three Tests in Australia 1932 (playing outside his Wellington team-mate and All-Black captain Frank Kilby) and two Tests on the 1934 tour. A severe knee injury against Midland Counties in the second game of the 1935-36 British tour restricted him to only one further appearance where he aggravated his injury and ended his Rugby career. The team’s vice-captain, Charlie Oliver, commented; ‘I am convinced that had Page not suffered injury we would have been a far stronger attacking team closer to the scrum. He was sadly missed as no other first five-eighth in the side was so quick off the mark and his equal at finding openings.’ His Statistics were given as 5’7” and 11st 2lb. Served as Wellington club president 1963-67, Wellington RFU executive 1947-49 and NZRFU executive 1953-54. In a distinguished military career ‘Rusty’ Page was a Lieutenant Colonel at the age of 33, commanding officer of the 2nd NZEF 26th Battalion, won the DSO 1942 and retired from the NZ Army with the rank of brigadier 1963. Honoured with the CBE 1954. President WRFU 1967. Club President 1964-66

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