Roger James Urbahn (31 July 1934 – 27 November 1984) was a New Zealand rugby union player, cricketer, and sports journalist.

Roger Urbahn
Birth nameRoger James Urbahn
Date of birth(1934-07-31)31 July 1934
Place of birthOpunake, New Zealand
Date of death27 November 1984(1984-11-27) (aged 50)
Place of deathNew Plymouth, New Zealand
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb)
SchoolStratford Technical High School
UniversityArdmore Teachers' Training College
Occupation(s)School teacher, journalist
Rugby union career
Position(s) Halfback
All Black No. 598
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1955–66 Taranaki ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1959–60 New Zealand 3 (3)

A halfback, Urbahn played representative rugby for Taranaki at a provincial level between 1955 and 1966. He was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, in 1959 and 1960, playing 15 matches including three internationals. In all he scored three tries for the All Blacks.[1] An all-round sportsman, Urbahn also played Hawke Cup cricket for Taranaki.[1][2] He trained as a school teacher at Ardmore Teachers' Training College and worked in that profession until 1962, when he became a journalist, rising to become sports editor of the Taranaki Daily News. Urbahn died in New Plymouth on 27 November 1984.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Luxford, Bob. "Roger Urbahn". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  2. ^ Roger Urbahn at CricketArchive (subscription required)