(87 and still doing the business for the Marlborough Vintage Musseleers)
Arthur was born in Kaikoura 4th Dec 1924, he played his school rugby for Kaikoura, Parnassus and Oaro. He played his first senior game for Oaro in 1943 aged 18, playing on the wing. In 1944 he joined the Air Force and played for various Air Force teams including playing in a Nth Island v Sth Island game in Auckland. Following his discharge in 1947, aged 22, Arthur moved to Picton and played for Waitohi and was also selected for Marlborough Maori. In 1948 Arthur played at full back for Waitohi and loose forward for Marlborough Maori when they won the Ratana Cup from Canterbury Maori. Arthur was selected for Marlborough in 1950 before joining K-Force and heading to Korea. In Korea he played for Easy Troop, 163 Battery and 16 Field Regiment.
In 1953 Arthur returned from active service and resumed playing for Waitohi and Marlborough. He was also a member of the Marlborough Maori team that successfully regained the Ratana Cup which had lost while he was away. When the Waitohi Club went into recess in 1954 Arthur joined Moutere Club. Between 1955 and 1975 Arthur played his senior rugby for Moutere as a loose forward and was a regular member of Marlborough and Marlborough Maori where he played prop. During this time he was also selected for the South Island Maori team on a number of times.
After 1975 Arthur continued playing social rugby for NZ Railways then golden oldies with the Marlborough Vintage Musseleers. Has travelled to a numerous GO World Tournaments and national festivals and continues to enjoy his rugby and associated ‘Fun, Friendship and Fraternity. Arthur is a true stalwart of grassroots rugby and at 87 is still groundsman for his beloved Moutere Club
Footnote: Arthur played his last game of competition rugby for Moutere against Kaikoura in 1993, aged 69! “ I had put my gear on the bus just in case I was needed and sure enough someone got hurt and I had to go on. Although a bit slow I was quick enough to scrums and lineouts so the referee didn’t blow me up for time wasting. I was a ‘seasoned’ prop”.
Arthur you are a bloody legend.