Born: c. 1914
Died: c. 1984
Test record: 0 Tests
Tours: 1938 tour of Australia
Originally from the West Coast, goalkicking forward John Anderson toured Australia with the Kiwis in 1938 after transferring to Auckland.
Anderson represented both South Island and North Island, playing for Blackball in the West Coast competition and joining Marist following his move north in 1936. He featured in Marist’s 1938 Fox Memorial success and Roope Rooster victories in 1937 and ’39.
Injury had ruled Anderson out of contention for the 1935 Test series against the touring Australians but he made up for lost time after winning selection in the New Zealand squad to make the trip across the Tasman three years later. No Tests were played but Anderson was the team’s top try-scorer, crossing six times in five matches at lock. He bagged doubles against Toowoomba and a NSW Country XIII in Tamworth, also kicking three goals against the latter.