Born: 6 February, 1882 – Dunedin
Died: 15 December, 1964 – Wellington
Test record: 6 Tests (1907-08) – 0 points
Tours: 1907-08 tour of Australia and Great Britain
Wellington forward Daniel Gilchrist played six Tests for New Zealand as a prominent member of the trail-blazing ‘All Golds’ team that toured Australia and Great Britain in 1907-08.
A stalwart of the Melrose club and part of Wellington’s Ranfurly Shield-winning side, the 25-year-old agreed to tour with Albert Baskerville’s ‘professional All Blacks’ and featured in the team’s first match against New South Wales enroute to Britain.
Gilchrist was part of the New Zealand pack for its inaugural international against Wales and all three Tests of the series against Northern Union. He also appeared in the last two Tests against Australia during the All Golds’ return leg.
Despite the life ban imposed by the NZRFU – and after a failed application for reinstatement to the amateur code – Gilchrist coached Melrose in 1908.
Gilchrist represented Wellington in its earliest rugby league fixtures and was selected for New Zealand’s 1909 tour of Australia but withdrew.