Charles Saxton (sportsman)
|Birth name||Charles Kesteven Saxton|
|Date of birth||23 May 1913|
|Place of birth||Kurow, New Zealand|
|Date of death||4 July 2001(aged 88)|
|Place of death||Dunedin, New Zealand|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||67 kg (148 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
|Domestic team information|
|First-class debut||24 December 1934 v Wellington|
|Last First-class||31 December 1938 v Auckland|
Source: Cricket Archive
Rugby union careerEdit
A halfback, Saxton represented Otago, South Canterbury, and Southland at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, in 1938. He played seven matches for the All Blacks including three internationals. At the conclusion of World War II he captained the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force "Kiwis" team on their 1945–46 tour of Britain and Europe.
Returning to New Zealand, Saxton coached the Pirates club in Dunedin, and was an assistant coach of the Otago team from 1948 to 1957. In 1967 he managed the All Blacks on their tour of Britain, France and Canada. Saxton served on the council of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union (NZRFU) from 1957 to 1971 and was president of the NZRFU in 1974. He was elected a life member of the NZRFU two years later.
An opening batsman and occasional wicketkeeper, Saxton played seven first-class games for Otago between the 1934-35 and 1938-39 seasons. He scored 226 runs at an average of 17.38, with a high score of 37.
World War II serviceEdit
During World War II, Saxton served with the 19th Armoured Regiment, rising to the rank of major and seeing active service in North Africa and Italy.
Later life and deathEdit
Saxton owned and ran a menswear shop in Dunedin for many years. He died in Dunedin in 2001 from complications caused by emphysema, and his funeral was held at Carisbrook. In his eulogy, Fred Allen described Saxton as "a New Zealand icon".
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- "Rugby world loses courageous leader". Evening Post. 5 July 2001. p. 28.
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- "Carisbrook mourns 'NZ icon'". The Press. 10 July 2001. p. 9.