Charles Fitzgerald was a dual international, representing the All Blacks on the 1922 tour of New Zealand and Australia and playing for the New Zealand rugby league team against England two years later.
The five-eighth or centre became Marlborough’s first All Black, playing five matches. He shifted to Christchurch with Marist in 1923, but switched codes the following season after the Payne Trophy controversy saw the club join the CRL competition.
Fitzgerald kicked two goals while playing five-eighth in Canterbury’s loss to England, before being chosen in the centres for New Zealand in the first two Test matches – a 16-8 win at Carlaw Park and a 13-11 victory at the Basin Reserve. He missed the final clash in Dunedin.
He played for South Island in the inaugural interisland match in 1925.
NEW ZEALAND (1924)
2 Tests – 0 points