Born: 7 May, 1891
Died: 24 December, 1947
Test record: 0 Tests
Tours: 1911 tour of Australia
A New Zealand representative from Wellington and Wanganui who also played provincial matches for Hawke’s Bay and Taranaki, winger/centre Roy Siddells toured Australia in 1911 and pulled on the black-and-white jersey against the visiting NSW team two years later.
While no Tests were played on the 1911 tour, Siddells – credited as being a selection from Wellington – turned out in four matches in Australia. He debuted against a NSW team that included pioneering legends Dally Messenger, Howard Hallett and Dan Frawley in its backline, scored a try in a narrow win over Newcastle and played in two of the three fixtures against Queensland.
Siddells represented both Taranaki and Wanganui at centre against the 1912 NSW tourists, scoring a try against the latter. Despite missing New Zealand’s 1912-13 tours of Australia, he was chosen on the wing for both of New Zealand’s home encounters with NSW the following season, which saw teenaged backline superstar Harold Horder run riot for the visitors.
He was a prolific tryscorer and pointscorer for the Eastern club and Wanganui province from 1912-14.