NZ Kiwis tribute to Coast league legend

By Tui Bromley

New Zealand’s 56-10 Rugby League World Cup victory over Papua New Guinea at the weekend was tinged with sadness as the Kiwis donned white armbands as a mark of respect for West Coast Kiwi Charlie McBride, who died on Thursday, aged 88.
Mr McBride played 64 games for the Kiwis, including 21 tests in the period 1946 to 1952, retiring from international rugby league while still in his prime.
He was widely regarded, and respected internationally, as one of New Zealand’s best second rowers, and was inducted into the New Zealand Legends of League in 2000.
A product of the powerful Blackball Rugby League Club, Mr McBride made his debut for West Coast as a 20-year-old in 1945 and starred in the West Coast team that defeated the touring English side, earning his first Kiwi cap in the process, the following year.
His funeral was held at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Greymouth, this afternoon.