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Pat Ransley

Pat Ransley is the son of Mr and Mrs I. R. Ransley, Dalrymple Road, and is 24 years of age.

He was born in Tokomaru Bay, and attended school there until 1952, when his family moved to Gisborne, and he enrolled as a pupil at St. Mary's school for boys.

Ransley and John Collins have a lot in common, going to school and playing rugby together while midgets at Tokomaru Bay. They are both members of the Marist Club, both Poverty Bay representatives, live opposite each other, and work together at Gisborne Sheepfarramers as wool-classers. Now they are team-mates in the Maori All Blacks.

Ransley commenced his first-class rugby in grand style in 1961, when he played eight games for Poverty Bay, and four others, including one for New Zealand Maoris.

A flying winger, solidly built and a determined runner, he first attracted the attention of the New Zealand rugby public by scoring the winning try in his first N.Z. representation for the Maori All Blacks against France at Napier in 1961 .

He now has 33 first-class games to his credit, 26 of them for Poverty Bay.


Workmates as well as team-mates, Pat Ransley and John Collins class wool in the Sheepfarmers' bin room.