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Craddock Dufty
Born 10 March 1900[1]
Thames, New Zealand
Died 1 August 1955 (aged 55)[2]
Auckland, New Zealand[3]
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 90 kg (14 st 2 lb)

Calvin Thomas Craddock Dufty (10 March 1900 – 1 August 1955) was a New Zealand rugby league player who represented New Zealand.[4]

War service

During World War I, Dufty served with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, embarking in 1916 when aged 16.[5]

Playing career

Dufty played for the Grafton, Ellerslie and Newton Rangers clubs in the Auckland Rugby League competition.[6][7][8]

In 1919, aged 19, Dufty made his debut for Auckland, starring in the regions 37-13 defence of the Northern Union Cup against Hawke's Bay.[9] His performance earned him selection for the New Zealand squad that played against the first tour of Australia.

In 1922 he toured Australia with the New Zealand Māori side. He played in five inter-island games for the North Island, his last being in 1930.[9]

In 1924 he played for both Auckland City and Auckland Province against the touring Great Britain Lions. He was part of the disastrous 1926-27 New Zealand tour of Great Britain, which resulted in several forwards going on strike and receiving life bans. In 1928 he again played the touring Lions, representing both Auckland City and Auckland Province, as well as New Zealand.

Dufty finished his career with a then-record 224 points for New Zealand, including 106 goals.[9] He played in twelve test matches, scoring 41 points.[10]


  1. New Zealand, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920
  2. New Zealand, Cemetery Records, 1800-2007
  3. New Zealand, Death Index, 1848-1966
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Statistics at
  5. Craddock Dufty
  6. Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4.
  7. Kiwi Representatives Archived 2013-02-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. Ellerslie Eagles Centenary Celebrations Soar NZ League, Issue 3 July/August 2012, p.p. 44-45
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. pp. 69–70. ISBN 978-1-86969-331-2. 
  10. DUFTY, Calvin Thomas Craddock (1919, 1924 - 28, 1930)[dead link]

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