Mr Jock Butterfield

Darwin Rugby League is saddened to hear of the passing of rugby league legend Jock Butterfield. A friend of many in Darwin and of the Darwin Rugby League, condolences are forwarded to Jock's family, from all his friends in Darwin.
Jock Butterfield was the most capped Kiwi until Gary Freeman past his record. Jock had played 36 tests for the Kiwi's between 1954 and 1963. Jock has also played in 99 test and tour games for the Kiwi's.
Jock played in 3 World Cup's in 1954, 1957 and 1960. Jock toured Great Britain and France in 1955/56 and 1961. Jock also toured Australia in 1956, 1959 and 1963.
Jock was born in Taylorville on the West Coast and came up thru the grades at Brunner Rugby League Club. Jock had played in 3 different position's Second Row, Prop and Hooker. It was in the hooker position that people best remember him for.
He scored a try in his very first test, which was a New Zealand victory 20 - 14. He was playing in the second row.
In 1958 Jock returned to the West Coast and to the Brunner Rugby League Club. He captained and coached the Brunner team to become Champion's in 1958 and 1963.
In 1964 Jock was signed by Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in Australia. But he only played in 10 games for the Eagles. Jock finished out his playing days in the country. Jock finally retired in 1970 after playing for Mt Isa in central Queensland. When Jock retired, he settled in Queensland.


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