Second five-eighth player who played his professional career for Canterbury, and also played for New Zealand's national team.
He was a professional cricket player before focusing solely on rugby.
In 1935-36 he was a vice-captain of New Zealand's national team.
His son-in-law, Dave Gillespie, also played rugby for New Zealand's national team.
He is part of a list of New Zealand captains that includes players such as Richie McCaw.