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William George Deacon (1943/1944 – 18 June 2019) was a New Zealand rugby league footballer who represented New Zealand in the 1970 World Cup.[1]

Bill Deacon
Personal information
Full nameWilliam George Deacon
Born22 February 1944 1943/1944
Thames, New Zealand
Died (aged 75)
Wagga WaggaNew South Wales, Australia
Playing information
PositionSecond-row, Loose forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Ngaruawahia Panthers
1973–1975 Wagga Wagga Magpies
1976–1992 Junee Diesels Turvey Park Lions
Total 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1965–71 New Zealand 14 0 0 0 0
Source: [1]

His uncle, Edwin Abbott, also played for the New Zealand Kiwis.[2]

Playing careerEdit

Deacon played for the Ngaruawahia Panthers in the Waikato Rugby League competition and represented Waikato.[3] He was first selected for the New Zealand national rugby league team in 1965. That year he was also named the New Zealand Rugby League player of the year.[4]

Deacon was included in the Kiwis squad for the 1970 World Cup and played his last test match for New Zealand in 1971. He finished his career having played in fourteen tests for New Zealand.[5]


Deacon died in Australia on 18 June 2019.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ Edwin Frederick ABBOTT, Edwin Frederick (1930, 1932)[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ In Touch[permanent dead link], October 2011
  4. ^ Sky Rugby League Annual '98 New Zealand Rugby League, 1998
  5. ^ DEACON, William George - 1965 - 71[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "The passing of Bill Deacon". New Zealand Rugby League. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  7. ^ "William George (Bill) Deacon". New Zealand Herald. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2019.