Edgar Wrigley

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Edgar Wrigley
Personal information
Born (1886-06-15)15 June 1886
Masterton, New Zealand
Died 2 June 1958(1958-06-02) (aged 71)
Huddersfield, England
Playing information
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 89 kg (14 st 0 lb)
Rugby union
Position Second five-eighth

Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1903–07 Wairarapa 18
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1905–05 New Zealand 1 1 0 0 3
Rugby league
Position Wing, Centre, Stand-off

Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Runcorn
1908–13 Huddersfield 169 84 162 576
Hunslet
Total 169 84 162 0 576
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1907–08 New Zealand 8 0 10 0 20
Coaching information

Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1927–31 Hull F.C.
Bradford Northern
Total 0 0 0 0
Source: [1][2]

Edgar Wrigley was a New Zealand rugby footballer who represented his country in both rugby union and rugby league.

Early years[edit]

Wrigley was born in Masterton, New Zealand and was a plumber by trade.[3]

Rugby union career[edit]

Wrigley played rugby union for the Red Star club in Masterton and between 1903 and 1907 he played 18 games for Wairarapa. His brothers, Harry and Tom, also represented the Union.

When Wrigley made his All Blacks début in 1905 he was only 19 years 79 days of age and was the youngest person to play a test for the All Blacks. This record stood until 1994, when it was broken by Jonah Lomu.

Rugby league playing career[edit]

Wrigley was selected to be part of the professional All Blacks 1907-1908 tour of Australia and Great Britain. He played in eight tests for the Kiwis and was noted for his goal kicking abilities.[3]

Following the tour Wrigley returned to Britain for a full-time professional career, signed with Runcorn for £400 and a guarantee of employment as a plumber.[3] He later moved to Huddersfield, making 169 appearances for the club,[4] before joining Hunslet for a fee of £550.[5]

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Wrigley played stand-off/five-eighth, and scored a try, and a conversion in Huddersfield's 21-0 victory over Batley in the 1909 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1909–10 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 27 November 1909, played right-centre, i.e. number 3, and scored a conversion in the 2-8 defeat by Wakefield Trinity in the 1910 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1910–11 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 3 December 1910, and played stand-off/five-eighth, and scored a try in the 22-10 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1911 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1911–12 season at Belle Vue, Wakefield on Saturday 25 November 1911.

Rugby league coaching career[edit]

He later coached Hull,[6] and Bradford Northern.

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Wrigley was the coach in Hull's 2-8 defeat by Dewsbury in the 1927 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1927–28 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 26 November 1927.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scrum.com
  2. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c John Haynes From All Blacks to All Golds: Rugby League's Pioneers, Christchurch, Ryan and Haynes, 1996. ISBN 0-473-03864-1
  4. ^ Gronow, David (2008). 100 Greats: Huddersfield Rugby League Football Club. Stroud: Stadia. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-7524-4584-7. 
  5. ^ Derek Birley Land of sport and glory: sport and British society, 1887-1910, 1995. ISBN 0-7190-4494-4
  6. ^ "Coaches and Captains". hullfc.com. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 

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