George Smith
Inducted in 1995
A remarkably versatile sportsman, Smith had international success as an athlete, a rugby player and a league player.
Sporting Category:
  • Athletics
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
Smith was one of New Zealand’s outstanding athletes at the turn of the century, winning national sprint and hurdle titles. He also won a British hurdles title and set an unofficial world record for the 440 yards hurdles.

He was a member of the 1905 All Blacks, scoring 19 tries in 19 matches, and after the tour was one of the key figures in the formation of the first New Zealand league team, for which he also played.

Smith stayed in Britain after the league tour and played for Oldham until 1916.

Early in his career, he was also a competent horseman and rode several winners but he did not, as legend has it, win a New Zealand Cup.

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