Mark Nicholls
Inducted in 1999
One of the most influential All Blacks of the 1920s and the most noted member of an extraordinarily successful Petone sporting family.
Sporting Category:
  • Rugby Union
Nicholls made his first-class debut for Wellington a year after leaving Wellington College and in the following year, 1921, he played in all three tests against South Africa.

Despite an acknowledged brilliance at five-eighth, Nicholls wasn't always an automatic choice. He toured New South Wales in 1922, but was overlooked for a series against the same opponents in the following year.

He was the leading points scorer on the Invincible All Blacks' tour in 1924-25, during which he was generally lauded as one of the "brains trust" of that most successful of sides.

He was vice-captain of the 1928 All Blacks in South Africa, but surprisingly missed all but the last test, in which he was largely responsible for the All Blacks' 13-5 win.

Nicholls was a Wellington selector in the 30s, a New Zealand selector in 1936-37 and a North Island selector in 1948.

Two of his brothers, Harry ("Ginger") and Harold ("Doc") were Wellington All Blacks in the early 20s.

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