Past Kiwi & Life Member Aynsley Passes Away
Monday, 15 October 2012
New Zealand Rugby League Team, v Australia, 1949 Aynsley is second from right - back row
NZRL Life Member and past Kiwi Robert, known in league circles
as Bob, Aynsley passed away on Friday October 12 in Greymouth. Bob
represented the West Coast and South Island before making his debut
in a test against the English at Carlaw Park in 1946. He went on to
play five tests for the Kiwis through to 1949 and played another 15
tour games during the 1947/1948 tour of England and France.
Thankfully his contribution to the game did not end there, as he
was a referee from 1953 - 1960, a selector for the Coast, South
Island and NZRL age group teams, a team manager, and on the WCRL
Board of Control for 18 years. His contribution to the game on the
West Coast was significant, he continued working as a groundsman at
Wingham Park well into his late seventies.
This extraordinary commitment to the game was recognised when he
was named as a Life Member of the West Coast Rugby League in 1978
and the New Zealand Rugby League in 1989.
Bob (Kiwi No. 293) was a highly respected member of the rugby
league community and a much admired Kiwi. We know he will be missed
by those who were fortunate enough to know him.