New Zealand Rugby League is saddened to hear of the passing of Kiwi #409 Ken Mccracken.

Mccracken passed away early Monday morning from Metastatic Prostate Cancer, he was lovingly cared for by his wife Faye.

McCracken played for the Ellerslie Eagles club in the Auckland Rugby League competition, and also played for Ellerslie’s combined district team Eastern United. He was an Auckland representative and played in seven test matches for New Zealand. He was first selected for New Zealand for their 1961 tour of Great Britain and France and again played on their 1963 tour of Australia and in 1964 home matches against France.

He was extremely modest in his rugby league achievements and shared the field with several immortals of the code.  His son Brett Mccracken recalled Ken’s proudest moment was being part of the World Champion Kiwi team which won the Courtney Goodwill Trophy 1960-1965.

His contribution to New Zealand Rugby League will not be forgotten.