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Gallaher statue unveiled at Eden Park

Sportal.co.nz     16 Jul 2011    

The legendary wing forward who lost his life at Passchendaele in World War One, after having earlier served in the Boer War, was an Auckland rugby identity and although he never played on Eden Park, there was no doubting his contribution to the game in the region.

The Irish-born Gallaher grew up in Katikati in the Bay of Plenty but played his rugby for the Ponsonby club – the club which played the first game on Eden Park in 1914, against the former City club.

He played six Tests for New Zealand and made 36 appearances in total. He played from 1896-1909 for Auckland.

The Gallaher Shield is the major trophy contested in Auckland club rugby while the Gallaher Cup is contested internationally between the All Blacks and France.

The bronze statue was sculpted by former New Zealand Herald cartoonist Malcolm Evans.

Note: A correction was made to this article regarding Gallaher's birthplace.