Ronald Rutherford Elvidge (1923 - 2019) - roll number 629.

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Ron attended John McGlashan College from 1936 - 1940 and is the namesake of our inter-house competition, the Elvidge Cup which started in 1946.

Ron accomplished many things during his time at the College.  He was a Prefect from 1938 - 1940 and also Head Prefect from 1939 to 1940.   He played in the 1st XV from 1937 - 1940 and also played in the 1st XI from 1937 - 1940.  In 1939 and 1940 he was also the athletics champion.    

Following his time at McGlashan, Timaru-born Elvidge went on to study medicine at Otago University.  Elvidge represented Otago from 1942 - 1950, playing in 31 games and was an All Black, from 1946 to 1950 (number 454). During this time he played 19 matches for the All Blacks, of which seven were as captain, including nine internationals.  Ron is remembered for returning to the field after a serious injury and scoring a remarkable try against the 1950 Lions in the third test. This was the last game of rugby he played.  

Ron's legacy will continue to live on at McGlashan.