George Dickinson

George Dickinson

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George Dickinson

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George Ritchie Dickinson (11 March 1903 in Dunedin – 17 March 1978 in Lower Hutt) played three tests for New Zealand. He also played five matches for the All Blacks in 1922.


Born George Ritchie Dickinson in Dunedin on 11 March 1903. Dickinson died in Lower Hutt on 17 March 1978.

Rugby Career

Dickinson played at First five-eight. Represented N.Z. in 1922, he played 5 matches and made 9 points (3 tries). He also played for Otago between 1922 - 1924, the Kaikorai Club and for South Island in 1922 .

Attended O.B.H.S. 1st XV 1918-21. At the age of 19, Dickinson made his first-class debut for the South Island and was selected for the 1922 All Black team to Australia. He appeared in four of the five matches including all three vs New South Wales. He dropped out of first-class rugby at the age of 21.

Cricket Career

An outstanding cricketer, Dickinson became the first so-called ‘double All Black’ when he represented New Zealand at cricket against Victoria in the 1924-25 season and then played against Australia in 1927-28 vs England 1928-29, and South Africa 1931-32. As a fast bowler, he took 17 wickets in six Test matches. His best performance was 7-58 for Otago vs Australia in 1927-28. His last representative cricket was played for Wellington in the 1943-44 season. Dickinson worked as a commercial traveller.


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