1911 New Zealand rugby league tour of Australia

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The 1911 New Zealand rugby league tour of Australia was a tour by the New Zealand national rugby league team. It was the first tour organised by the New Zealand Rugby League.

The trip earned the NZRL ₤3000 profit, thanks to ₤4000 from gate takings.[1] The tour served as a selection for the 1911-12 Australasian tour of Great Britain and resulted in the selection of George A. Gillett, Arthur Francis, Charlie Savory and Frank Woodward on that tour.


The touring party included backs; Ernie Asher, Ernie Buckland, Sid Kean, Ronald MacDonald, Frank Morse, Roy Siddells, George Smith, Reg Sprague, Barney Winder, Frank Woodward, forwards; Charles Dunning, Tom Cotterill, Bert Feary, Arthur Francis, Dave Mason, Walter Milne, Jim Rukutai, Charles Savory, Alex Stanaway and utilities; George A. Gillett and George Seagar.[2]

Jim Gilmour and former All Black Billy Mitchell joined the team while in Australia. Mitchell had been bought over to Australia to play in the Queensland Rugby League competition.[3] Gilmour played for Queensland before joining the New Zealand side.[1]


Before the tour New Zealand defeated Auckland 16-14 at the Takapuna Racecourse.[4]

They lost three matches to New South Wales, defeated Newcastle by 21-20, defeated Queensland two games to one and defeated Hunter River by 40-8.[5]

Date Opponent Venue Result Score Attendance Report
New South Wales Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Loss 10-35 46,000
New South Wales Sydney Loss 10-26
Newcastle Newcastle Win 21-20
Queensland Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane Win 24-13
Queensland Brisbane Loss 13-23
Queensland Brisbane Win 18-14
Hunter river Newcastle Win 40-8
New South Wales Sydney Loss 7-39

The first match against New South Wales was the first match of rugby league held at the Sydney Cricket Ground and netted the New South Wales Rugby League a record gate receipts of ₤2551 and 10 shillings.[1]


  1. ^ a b c John Coffey and Bernie Wood, The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League, Hodder Moa, Auckland, 2007, p.p. 42-45.
  2. ^ W.J.Davidson Rugby League Annual - 1949, New Zealand Rugby League, 1949
  3. ^ Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987.
  4. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 9781869693664.
  5. ^ When Blues & Maroons Saw Black 1908.com