Wanganui RFU – 1896

Results - 1896

Sat 12 Sep 2:30 pm A Representative Manawatu Whanganui RFU 00 - 20
Wed 09 Sep 2:30 pm A Representative Wellington Whanganui RFU 20 - 09
Thu 06 Aug 2:30 pm H Representative Nelson Whanganui RFU 28 - 00
Thu 30 Jul 2:30 pm H Representative Taranaki Whanganui RFU 00 - 11
Thu 09 Jul 2:30 pm H Representative Manawatu Whanganui RFU 32 - 00

Peter McDonnell  #59

Peter McDonnell, a pacy wing from Wanganui, played only a brief role in national rugby history. His one game for the country was in 1896 against Queensland at Athletic Park in Wellington and McDonnell only made the national side when an original selection, Canterbury’s Alfred “Tiddly” Wilson, was forced to withdraw with an injury.

New Zealand won the game 9-0 and there is little record of how McDonnell performed against probably the weakest side ever to tour this country. The Queenslanders lost all six of their matches, including a loss to Wellington by 49-7 (14 tries to none).

The only remarkable aspect about Queensland’s one-off unofficial international against New Zealand was the fact that because they were in dispute with the national union at the time Otago refused to allow any of their players, including Jimmy Duncan, to appear for New Zealand.

Other than his sole New Zealand appearance, McDonnell has another claim to fame.

In Wanganui’s 32-0 win over Manawatu in 1896 he scored four tries, the first man to have scored that many in a New Zealand first class game.

McDonnell entered representative rugby with Hawke’s Bay in 1893 and reappeared for the Bay in 1895. In 1894 he played for Wanganui and brought his tally of matches for that union to nine in the 1896-1900 seasons.

Profile by Lindsay Knight
for the New Zealand Rugby Museum.

FULL NAME Peter McDonnell
BORN Thursday, 1 January 1874 in Wanganui, New Zealand
DIED Wednesday, 24 May 1950 in Wanganui
POSITION Wing three-quarter
LAST SCHOOL Te Aute College
RUGBY CLUB
(First made All Blacks from)
Wanganui
PROVINCE Wanganui
ALL BLACK DEBUT Saturday, 15 August 1896
v Queensland at Wellington
aged 22 years, 227 days
ALL BLACK TESTS 0
ALL BLACK GAMES 1 1
TOTAL ALL BLACK MATCHES 1 1
STARTING POSITIONS
ALL BLACK GAME POINTS 0pts
TOTAL ALL BLACK POINTS 0pts
ALL BLACK NUMBER 59
ALL BLACK GAMES THAT MCDONNELL PLAYED

(+) = substitute; (-) = replaced

Click on the date below to view the Match Card
1896
15 Aug vs Queensland at Wellington 9-0

 

McDonnell did not score any points for the All Blacks.

McDonnell played in no test matches for the All Blacks.