George Bullock-Douglas

George, or as he was sometimes known Arthur, Bullock-Douglas was a speedy wing who played all of his representative rugby (28 matches in all) for the Wanganui union between 1931 and 1936.

Bullock-Douglas made two tours of Australia in 1932 and 1934, but his main claim to fame came from his three appearances for the North in interisland matches. In the 1932 match he scored a record five tries and in each of his two other North appearances in 1931 and 1933 he scored tries.

On his Australian tours Bullock-Douglas also played with distinction. In 1932 he played in eight games, including all three tests, and scored eight tries in all, one of which was in the first test and two in the second.

In 1934 he was the top tryscorer on tour with seven in his seven appearances, including a hat-trick against Newcastle. He played in both of the tests but did not score in either. Indeed, he might have missed the second for in the original selection he was dropped only to be recalled when another of the wings, George Hart, was struck down with influenza.

That was the end of Bullock-Douglas’s All Black test career. He played in two of the trials for the All Black team to tour Britain in 1935-36, but was not chosen and his omission did not appear to cause too much criticism.

Historian Arthur Swan has recorded surprise over the non selection of just one wing for that touring party, Hawke’s Bay’s powerful Charlie Smith. When the 1934 All Blacks returned home they struggled to beat the Rest of New Zealand in a match in Wellington and dissatisfaction with that performance may have hastened the departure of Bullock-Douglas from the All Blacks.

He was among 11 of the 25 players who had toured in 1934 who just a few months later were not required for the tour to Britain.

His father George Bullock was a foundation member and the first secretary of the Kaierau club in Wanganui and an uncle played for both Taranaki and Wanganui. A bank officer who served as a captain in the 22nd Battalion in World War II.

Profile by Lindsay Knight
for the New Zealand Rugby Museum.

FULL NAME George Arthur Hardy Bullock-Douglas
BORN Sunday, 4 June 1911 in Wanganui
DIED Sunday, 24 August 1958 in Wanganui
PHYSICAL 1.75m, 72kg
POSITION Wing three-quarter
LAST SCHOOL Wanganui Collegiate
RUGBY CLUB
(First made All Blacks from)
Wanganui
PROVINCE Wanganui
ALL BLACK DEBUT Wednesday, 15 June 1932
v Wellington at Wellington
aged 21 years, 11 days
INTERNATIONAL DEBUT Saturday, 2 July 1932
v Australia at Sydney
aged 21 years, 28 days
LAST TEST Saturday, 25 August 1934
v Australia at Sydney
aged 23 years, 82 days
ALL BLACK TESTS 5 5
ALL BLACK GAMES 10 10
TOTAL ALL BLACK MATCHES 15 15
ALL BLACK TEST POINTS 9pts (3t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)
ALL BLACK GAME POINTS 36pts (12t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)
TOTAL ALL BLACK POINTS 45pts (15t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)
ALL BLACK NUMBER 388
ALL BLACK GAMES THAT BULLOCK-DOUGLAS PLAYED

(+) = substitute; (-) = replaced

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1932
15 Jun vs Wellington at Wellington 23-36
25 Jun vs N.S.W. at Sydney 13-11
2 Jul vs Australia at Sydney 17-22
9 Jul vs Queensland at Brisbane 28-8
14 Jul vs Ipswich-Brisbane at Ipswich 44-12
16 Jul vs Australia at Brisbane 21-3
23 Jul vs Australia at Sydney 21-13
27 Jul vs Western Districts at Wellington 63-15
1934
1 Aug vs Western Districts at Orange 51-10
4 Aug vs N.S.W. at Sydney 18-16
6 Aug vs N.S.W. at Sydney 16-13
11 Aug vs Australia at Sydney 11-25
22 Aug vs Newcastle at Newcastle 35-3
25 Aug vs Australia at Sydney 3-3
30 Aug vs Rest of New Zealand at Wellington 25-17
POINTS SCORED FOR THE ALL BLACKS
t c p dg pts
vs N.S.W., 25 Jun 1932 1 3
vs Australia, 2 Jul 1932 1 3
vs Queensland, 9 Jul 1932 1 3
vs Ipswich-Brisbane, 14 Jul 1932 1 3
vs Australia, 16 Jul 1932 2 6
vs Western Districts, 27 Jul 1932 2 6
vs Western Districts, 1 Aug 1934 2 6
vs N.S.W., 4 Aug 1934 1 3
vs Newcastle, 22 Aug 1934 3 9
vs Rest of New Zealand, 30 Aug 1934 1 3
Totals 15 0 0 0 45
TEST RECORD BY NATION
P W D L t c p dg pts
Australia 5 2 1 2 3 9
Totals 5 2 1 2 3 0 0 0 9