Sel Belsham, New Zealand rugby league player and cricketer, Died at 85


Selwyn Eric Belsham was born on September 28, 1930, and died on March 11, 2016.

He was a New Zealand rugby league player.

He represented his country at the 1957 World Cup.

Belsham position of preference was at halfback.

Sel also played cricket for Auckland.

Sel Belsham brother Vic was also a New Zealand Kiwis representative.

Later, his brother became a referee, controlling his brother’s team in the 1957 World Cup.

Alf their father represented Auckland in rugby union.

As an Auckland representative, he played for the Richmond club in the Auckland Rugby League competition.

He represented the North Island on three occasions, in 1955, 1956 and 1957.

Belsham represented the New Zealand Kiwis, playing 10 consecutive test matches between 1955 and 1957.

He was first selected for the 1955 tour of Great Britain and France, but began the trip with a broken collarbone, suffered in New Zealand.

He played in only two games during the England leg of the trip before making his test debut in the first test against France.

Belsham played for the rest of the 1957 World Cup with Australia.

Sel last test match was for New Zealand against a combined Great Britain-France side.

He played six first-class cricket matches for Auckland as a wicket-keeper, taking 13 catches and four stumpings.

As a batman, he scored 105 runs at an average of 11.66 and a high score of 41.

Sel Belsham passed away at 85 yrs old.