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Augustine Patrick (Gus) Spillane

Birthplace: Geraldine, New Zealand, Geraldine, Canterbury, New Zealand
Death: September 16, 1974 (86)
Timaru, New Zealand, Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Michael Spillane and Mary Spillane
Husband of Francis Spillane
Father of Francis Edward Spillane and Charles Lawrence Spillane
Brother of James Joseph Spillane; Thomas Spillane; Stephen Spillane; Brian Spillane; Michael Spillane and 5 others

Occupation: Rugby Union Player, Rugby Union Match Official
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About Augustine Patrick (Gus) Spillane

All Blacks ID: #200

Gus Spillane came from a Temuka rugby family of Irish descent and one steeped in rugby. Three of his brothers also represented South Canterbury with one, Charles, later moving to Wanganui and Taranaki and becoming prominent in refereeing and administration. The Spillane Cup, the traditional trophy competed for at Easter by North Island Marist clubs, is named after him.

Gus Spillane was a tidy first five eighths who between 1911, when he was 23, and 1923, when he was 35, played 21 matches for South Canterbury. Much of this span was of course interrupted by World War I.

George Gaffaney, also a South Canterbury and South Island five eighths of the 1930s, recalled playing against Spillane while a young man and spoke glowingly of his talent.

Said Gaffaney of Spillane: "A wily tactician with an uncanny ability to extricate himself and his team from awkward situations. Spillane, by his very presence, was worth several points to any Temuka team - even before the match started."

Though usually a first five, Spillane played his only games for the All Blacks at second five. These were against Australia in Dunedin and Christchurch in 1913 and the selection in which Spillane played was made after the cream of New Zealand players had departed after the first test in Wellington for that year's tour of North America. The sides in which Spillane played won the match in Dunedin 25-13 but lost in Christchurch 16-5. He also captained South Canterbury against the tourists midweek between the Dunedin and Christchurch tests.

Spillane's only other major match was in 1914 for South Island B.

Augustine Patrick "Gus" Spillane (10 May 1888 – 16 September 1974) was a New Zealand rugby union player. Primarily a first five-eighth, Spillane represented South Canterbury at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, in 1913. He appeared in two matches for the All Blacks, both of them internationals against the touring Australian team, in which he played at second-five eighth.[1] Spillane later became a referee and controlled games in Taranaki and Whanganui.[2] He died in Timaru in 1974,[1] and was buried at Temuka Cemetery.

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Augustine Patrick (Gus) Spillane's Timeline

May 10, 1888
Geraldine, New Zealand, Geraldine, Canterbury, New Zealand
September 16, 1974
Age 86
Timaru, New Zealand, Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand