Following a visit to the NZ Rugby Museum at Palmerston North,
October 2012, the Director Stephen Berg published an article in the
Manawatu Standard, 14 November 2012.
The article relates to the discovery of my grandfather's rugby
career through an old photo I had in my possession. I had no
knowledge of his career prior to the visit apart from remembered
family stories which may be inaccurate. Thanks to Stephen for his
help in identifying the photo.
My grandfather Tom Lawn (a tall forward) learned his rugby
at Stratford District High School and after played for Sydenham
Football Club and Technical Old Boys in Christchurch and
College Rifles in Auckland, from 1919-29. He won Canterbury
representative honours in 1925. The 1927 College Rifles team that
he was part of included three All Blacks and a Maori All Black. He
later received an invitation and coached North Shore Club to a good
position in 1938 with Bert Cooke, a member of the 1924/25 All
Blacks "Invincibles" team.
Here's a link to the article (which includes some of the