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Daniel Gilchrist was a New Zealand rugby footballer who was part of the professional 1907-1908 New Zealand rugby tour of Great Britain.

Dan Gilchrist
Personal information
Full nameDaniel Gilchrist
Playing information
Rugby union
PositionProp, Back row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1904–07 Wellington
Rugby league
PositionProp, Loose forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1907–08 New Zealand 6 0 0 0 0
1908–?? Wellington
Source: [1]

Early yearsEdit

Gilchrist was a plumber by trade.[2]

Rugby FootballEdit

Gilchrist played rugby union for the Melrose Club and represented Wellington consistently from 1904 to 1907. Gilchrist was part of the Wellington side that won, and then lost, the Ranfurly Shield.

Rugby LeagueEdit

Despite being only 23, Gilchrist was selected for the professional All Blacks in their 1907–08 tour of Great Britain and Australia.[2] Like all members of the tour, Gilchrist subsequently received a life ban from the New Zealand Rugby Union. He played in the first ever trans-Tasman test which was the debut match of the Australia national rugby league team. Altogether Gilchrit played in six test matches while on tour.

On his return to New Zealand, Gilchrist continued playing rugby league, representing Wellington.


  1. ^ "Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b John Haynes From All Blacks to All Golds: Rugby League's Pioneers, Christchurch, Ryan and Haynes, 1996. ISBN 0-473-03864-1