Moke Belliss

​(1894 – 1974) | Rugby

Moke Belliss

Inducted into the​ Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

“Players of his era ranked him with the world’s best” was the way radio commentator Winston McCarthy wrote about the Whanganui 1922 All Black captain.

Belliss, who played 20 times for New Zealand, six as captain on the 1922 All Black tour of Australia, and played three tests in the drawn series against the 1921 touring Springboks, was regarded as one of the best wing forwards of his time.

The NZ Rugby Museum claims he was the equivalent of a Waka Nathan or Wayne Shelford.

Moke Belliss, the grandfather of Peter Belliss, multiple world lawn bowls champion who also played rep rugby for Whanganui as a loose forward, represented Whanganui 44 times between 1914 and 1931.

He played for Moawhango Huia in the Taihape sub-union.

During his rugby career, which included being a key member of the NZ Army side that won the Kings Cup tournament in England and toured South Africa, Moke Belliss played in 98 first class games.

He was in outstanding form in the scoreless drawn final test against the Springboks at Athletic Park in 1921, playing most of the match with a broken thumb.

​His son Jack was to become a key member of the Whanganui representative team to be followed by his grandson Peter and great-grandson Paul.

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