1933 New Zealand rugby league season

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The 1933 New Zealand rugby league season was the 26th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand.

International competitions[edit]

New Zealand played in no international matches in 1933.

The New South Wales Rugby League's St. George Dragons toured, playing five matches.[1] St. George defeated Taranaki 22-14 in New Plymouth before defeating Devonport 19-8 and Newton 30-23. St. George then lost to Marist 25-11 and Richmond 5-3. All four Auckland matches were played at Carlaw Park. The Richmond-St. George match was labelled the "roughest game since Carlaw Park was opened". The Auckland Rugby League then organised a match between the two "Dragon slayers", in which Richmond defeated Marist 31-8.

National competitions[edit]

Northern Union Cup[edit]

West Coast held the Northern Union Cup at the end of the season. They defeated South Auckland 8-6 in Huntly to win the trophy.[2]

Club competitions[edit]


Devonport won the Auckland Rugby League's Fox Memorial Trophy and the Stormont Shield.[3] Richmond won the Roope Rooster and the Norton Cup.

Puti Tipene (Steve) Watene played for the City Rovers.


Celtic won the Wellington Rugby League's Appleton Shield.[3]


Hornby won the Canterbury Rugby League's McKeon Cup.[3]

New Brighton and the Pirates club from Phillipstown gamed senior status.[2]

Other Competitions[edit]

Runanga defeated Addington 18-13 to retain the Thacker Shield.[2]


  1. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4.
  2. ^ a b c Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987.
  3. ^ a b c Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1990 New Zealand Rugby League, 1990. p.72