David Kirkpatrick

David Kirkpatrick
David Kirkpatrick

Dave has green and white blood running through his veins and is the epitome of a loyal club member.

Dave wore the club's senior jersey for the first time in 1962 and it was not long before he was recognised by the Poverty Bay selectors and in his debut season of senior rugby he donned the scarlet jersey for all of Poverty Bay's nine outings.

He lined up for Ngatapa the next year and played another seven games for the Bay before moving from the district for a couple of seasons.

However, while in Hawke's Bay, (1966), Dave was one of their leading locks and played 13 games for the union and was a member of the side that ripped the Ranfurly Shield from Waikato in the last challenge of the season.

Hawke's Bay won 6-0 and Dave was one of the major cogs in Hawke's Bay solid pack.

Dave returned home for the next season (1967) and bolstering the Ngatapa ranks he was part of the side that captured the club's first ever Lee Brother's Shield.

Dave continued to play for Poverty Bay until his last season in 1971 and finished with 59 games behind him. In the 1971 season he also turned out for the Poverty Bay East Coast side and played two games against the Olympians and touring British Isles.

He showed he was one of the country's leading forwards of the time and was picked for the All Black trial in 1963, 1967, 1970 and 1971. Many believed Dave should have been selected for the All Blacks' touring sides in 1967 and 1970 when players of lesser ability donned the black jersey.

He proved he was such an outstanding and durable player he was awarded the club's Player of the Year trophy four times; 1962, 1966, 1969 and 1971.

He served his club and the union outstandingly.

He was a member of PBRFU management committee for a number of years and was the union's president in 2006-07.