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Auckland back-rower Andrew James ‘Jim’ O’Brien played one match for New Zealand against the brilliant 1925 Queensland tourists – featuring in the pack alongside another Jim O’Brien.
O’Brien, from the Devonport club, was part of the Auckland side (which also included his Marist namesake) that drew with Queensland 18-all in their second match on tour. He was chosen to replace Canterbury forward Lou Petersen in the New Zealand line-up for its second clash with the tourists, which resulted in a 35-14 loss as O’Brien locked horns with luminaries such as Vic Armbruster, Herb Steinohrt and Norm Potter.
It would be O’Brien’s only appearance for his country, though he was a standby forward for the ill-fated 1926-27 tour of Britain.
He later played in the Auckland team that went down to England 26-15 at Carlaw Park in 1928.