1940 New Zealand rugby league season

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The 1940 New Zealand rugby league season was the 33rd season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand.

International competitions[edit]

New Zealand played in no international matches due to World War II.

National competitions[edit]

Northern Union Cup[edit]

West Coast again held the Northern Union Cup at the end of the season. They successfully defended it against Inangahua 7-5.[1]

Inter-district competition[edit]

Club competitions[edit]


Richmond won the Auckland Rugby League's Fox Memorial Trophy, Roope Rooster and Norton Cup.[2] North Shore won the Rukutai Shield and Stormont Shield while Otahuhu won the Sharman Cup.

Bob Banham was Mount Albert's player-coach before returning to Sydney in September 1940 with the intention of joining the Australian forces. He played several games for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 1941.[3]


St George won the Wellington Rugby League's championship.[2] During the year Will Appleton was elected president of the Wellington Rugby League. He would serve until 1958 and present the League with the Appleton Shield.[4]


Sydenham won the Canterbury Rugby League's Massetti Cup.[2]

Other competitions[edit]

Blackball won the West Coast Rugby League competition and received no challenge for the Thacker Shield.[1]


  1. ^ a b Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987.
  2. ^ a b c Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1990 New Zealand Rugby League, 1990. p.72
  3. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4.
  4. ^ Buchan, Allison. "Appleton, William". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 10 January 2012.