Farewell to a Wellington Legend

Sad to hear the news that Kiwi legend Phillip Orchard has passed.

Phillip Orchard was inducted into the NZRL Legends of League in 2001, following an amazing career for the Kiwis, having played out of Bay of Plenty and then here in Wellington.

Phillip made his Kiwis debut against the Kangaroos in 1969 and finally decided to hang the boots up after the World Championship series in 1975.

He was part of the 1971 Grand slam Kiwis team and become a record-breaking, try scorer in the tour of Britain and France. In 2007 he was named in the Kiwis Team of the Century.

In 1972 Orchard came to the St George club from his beloved Bay of Plenty and made an instant impact for his new club scoring 29 tries and kicking 30 goals, contributing 141 personal points in his first season.

In 2012 Phillip Orchard was named in the Wellington Rugby League Team of the Century.

After retiring from Rugby League Phillip and his wife moved back to the Bay of Plenty and continued to work with the kids in the game.

Our love and thoughts go out to the Orchard whanau

Kiwi #475
Games for Kiwis - 47
Test for Kiwis - 21
Tries for Kiwis - 40 (NZ Record)
Test tires for Kiwis- 15
Games for Wellington - 17

R.I.P LEGEND




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