Born: c. 1890
Died: 31 October, 1944
Test record: 0 Tests
Tours: 1912 tour of Australia
Quick centre/winger Billy Curran represented New Zealand in Australia and at home in 1912 before becoming a prolific try-scorer with English club Wigan.
Curran switched from rugby union with Newton Rangers in 1912 and was fast-tracked into the Auckland and New Zealand teams. He played in five of the seven matches on the June-July tour of Australia, scoring a try in the win over Newcastle and marking the great Messenger in the final clash with New South Wales.
Curran faced NSW again later that season, playing centre in New Zealand’s 18-10 loss at the Domain Cricket Ground and in Auckland’s two fixtures against the visitors.
Recommended to Wigan by champion dual international George Gillett, Curran headed to England in December 1912. He scored 60 tries in 66 games across three seasons for the Riversiders – including a team-high 44 touchdowns in the 1914-15 campaign.