Born: 4 November, 1944
Test record: 4 Tests (1966-67) – 1 try (3 points)
Tours: 1967 tour of Australia
Waikato winger Ted Baker played four Tests among nine matches for New Zealand in 1966-67.
The 21-year-old Huntly South flyer was called into the Kiwis line-up for injured winger Bob Mincham for the second Test against the 1966 Lions, which the tourists won 22-14 at Carlaw Park.
Baker earned a place on the following year’s trip to Australia and enjoyed a fine tour, playing in all three Tests – scoring a try in the second-Test defeat at Lang Park – and crossing for four tries in five minor tour fixtures, including a double in a big win over Brisbane.
Though further international opportunities were not forthcoming, Baker – a prolific tryscorer and a regular winner of the local Huntly Workingmen’s Club Sprint – continued to represent Waikato until 1969, finishing with 98 points in 24 games for his province.