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Inductee Tony Kriletich




Major Auckland team trophies won

2 Fox Memorial Premierships (1965 and 1966)
2 Roope Roosters (1966 and 1971)
2 Stormont Shields (1965 and 1966)


Auckland club teams

Marist (1963-1974)


Auckland representative record

Auckland representative (1965-1974)
Victories over three touring teams (Australia 1969, 1971 and Great Britain 1974)


Personal honours

Vice captain of the first Kiwis side to win a series against Great Britain in the UK (1971)
22 consecutive Tests for New Zealand (1967-1972)
Coached Mt Albert (1977-1979) and Marist (1975-1976) in the Fox Memorial 


Tony Kriletich
Across 11 seasons with the Marist Saints ‘Fats’ as he was affectionately known appeared in three Fox Memorial finals (1965,1966 and 1969), winning titles in the first two examples.

Playing in an era where loose forwards were judged on their cover-tackling ability, Kriletich was second to none in rugby league.

After two years of club football he caught the eye of Auckland selectors, earning his maiden cap in 1965 and playing in victories over touring Australian sides (1969 and 1971) and Great Britain (1974).

He played nine years in the mighty blue jersey up until his retirement in 1974.

As his career progressed he developed into a ball playing 13, particularly in the later years with New Zealand.

Between 1967 and 1972 Kriletich played 22 consecutive matches for the Kiwis.  

Produced arguably the finest game of his career came in the second test at Castleford in 1971 when he made a last-ditch tackle and knocked the ball free from the grasp of winger John Walsh, saving the game and series for New Zealand.

He became part of history that year as part of the first ever Kiwis side to beat Great Britain on UK soil.

Throughout his career he became renowned for his fitness, for which he was well advanced in comparison to almost any rival he faced on the field.


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