Anthony Cottrell (rugby union)

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Anthony Cottrell
Birth name Anthony Ian Cottrell
Date of birth(1907-02-10)10 February 1907
Place of birth Westport, New Zealand
Date of death 10 December 1988(1988-12-10) (aged 81)
Place of death Christchurch, New Zealand
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 80 kg (180 lb)
School Christ's College
Occupation(s) Barrister and solicitor
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker and prop
All Black No. 362
Provincial / State sides
1928–34 Canterbury 39 ()
National team(s)
1929–32 New Zealand 11 (0)

Anthony Ian "Beau" Cottrell CBE (10 February 1907 – 10 December 1988) was a New Zealand rugby union player. A hooker and prop, Cottrell represented Canterbury at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, from 1929 to 1932. He played 22 matches for the All Blacks including 11 internationals. [1] He went on to serve as a member of the management committee of the Canterbury Rugby Union. [2]

During World War II, Cottrell served as an officer with the New Zealand 20th Battalion. He was taken prisoner-of-war during the First Battle of El Alamein in July 1942, when he was wounded going to the assistance of a wounded man in his platoon. [3]

He was later an active Rotarian, and served as a district governor. In the 1968 New Year Honours he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the community. [4]


  1. Luxford, Bob. "Beau Cottrell". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  2. "Cottrell repatriated". Auckland Star. 30 September 1944. p. 3. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  3. Glue, W.A.; Pringle, D.J.C. (1957). Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939–45: 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington: War History Branch, Department of Internal Affairs. p. 280. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  4. "No. 44486". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1968. p. 42.