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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25. No. 13. 1962

Ian Uttley

Ian Uttley

As the Wellington representative team takes the field it looks as if the province can only field fourteen men and a boy. This often seems the view of the opposition until they see the frail-looking centre, I N. Uttley, suddenly run fifty yards to leave their cover defence mesmerised, and score. Ian pulled this off twice against Waikato.

Ian was Head Prefect of Wellington College in 1959 and played for the Varsity Third Firsts in 1960. Last year he made the Senior team and Wellington B, and this year has played for Wellington A and was nominated for the All Black trials which he unfortunately had to miss through injury.

In this way Ian Uttley's frail, intelligent features are misleading, but in his other field, the science laboratory, they are quite at home. For as well as being one of the stars of the University backline, and an All Black trialist at 20, he is an outstanding young science student who hopes to gain an M.Sc. next year. In his case it is an excellent example of a student being able to combine his studies successfully with a first-class rugby career, putting paid to the idea that successful degree work means the abandoning of serious rugby.

Ian believes, along with Neil, that Varsity is the only club in senior rugby for attacking backs and like his All Black clubmate he owes much of his ability today to the fact that he has been constantly encouraged to develop his attacking talents—a feature only found in University rugby circles. He has been able, at the same time, to arrange his training in alliance with study and to pursue successfully both without detriment to either.