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Charlie Seeling
Inducted in 1996
"Bronco" Seeling was an outstanding forward in the Original All Blacks of 1905 and renowned for his tackling and his strength.
Sporting Category:
  • Rugby Union
Seeling played 39 matches for New Zealand, including 11 tests, before signing for the Wigan league club in 1910. He scored 54 tries for Wigan from 1910 to 1913 and played in three successive championship finals.

He made more than 200 first grade appearances for Wigan over 13 years and had three years as captain. His name remains revered in British league, perhaps better known there than it is in New Zealand rugby.

Yet Seeling was described by a noted British rugby writer, E H D Sewell, as a splendid specimen of manhood

“Search where one may,” Sewell wrote, “a better forward than Seeling does not exist.”

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Cecil Matthews

(1914 - 1987)

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