Papanui’s Kevin Pearce made his only appearance for New Zealand during the 1957 World Cup in Australia.
A teenaged debutant for Canterbury in 1955, Pearce was chosen in the Kiwis’ World Cup squad two years later and partnered captain Cliff Johnson in the second-row in a 14-10 loss to France at Lang Park.
The hard-working forward kicked five goals for South Island against North Island in 1959 but a shoulder injury kept him out of the subsequent Kiwi trial.
Pearce continued to represent Canterbury until 1962 and played on for Papanui until 1966. He coached the club in 1968-69, steering the side to a Grand Final in the former year – a loss to Linwood in extra-time.
NEW ZEALAND (1957)
1 Test – 0 points
-1957 Kiwis World Cup squad