Test record: 8 Tests (1914, 1919-21) – 5 tries (15 points)
Tours: 1913 tour of Australia, 1919 tour of Australia, 1921 tour of Australia
North Shore forward Stan Walters played eight Tests for New Zealand bridging the international rugby league hiatus caused by World War I, while he toured Australia with the national team three times and captained his country against the 1920 England team.
Walters featured in seven of New Zealand’s nine matches (no Tests were played) on the 1913 tour of Australia, scoring tries in wins over Queensland and Orange. He played against a crack NSW side on home soil three times later that year – once for Auckland and twice for New Zealand.
After featuring in Auckland’s match against the 1914 England tourists, he started at loose forward in the one-off Test match, a 16-13 loss at the Domain Cricket Ground.
Walters was a mainstay during New Zealand’s 1919 tour of Australia – he missed just one of the team’s 11 fixtures and crossed for three tries. No Tests were played on the tour but he featured in all four Tests against the celebrated Australian team that visited New Zealand later that year and enjoyed arguably his greatest day in the 26-10 second-Test upset in Wellington, scoring a hat-trick. Walters also dotted down in the third Test.
The industrious forward’s status among New Zealand’s rugby league fraternity was underlined when he was installed as captain in 1920, leading the team in all three Tests of the series cleansweep defeat to England at home.
Walters played five games for New Zealand in Australia in 1921, another tour bereft of Test matches. He later represented Waikato in 1923.