Full name William Edward Hadley
Born March 11, 1910, Auckland
Died September 30, 1992, Auckland (aged 82 years 203 days)
Major teams New Zealand
|Test debut||Australia v New Zealand at Sydney, Aug 11, 1934 match details|
|Last Test||New Zealand v Australia at Dunedin, Sep 12, 1936 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
All Black number 400, Hadley had been among the first 10 players chosen for the 1935-6 tour under an exhaustive process that incorporated 10 trial matches and no fewer than 188 different players. The selectors seem to have got it right. Oliver and Tindill recorded that the Aucklander 'won the advantage in every match in which he played', no mean feat given that New Zealanders were still coming to terms with the 3-4-1 scrum formation following the outlawing of their own preferred seven-man formation earlier in the decade. Hadley - whose elder brother Swin was also a front rower and All Black tourist who played all four Tests in South Africa in 1928 - had fractured his jaw on the first week of the tour and so missed several matches, including Swansea, but returned to play in all four internationals, scoring against Scotland. He eventually won eight caps and lived until 1992.