Frank Shelford

Frank Shelford
Full name Frank Nuki Ken Shelford
Date of birth (1955-05-16) 16 May 1955
Place of birth Opotiki, New Zealand
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 93 kg (205 lb)
School Opotiki College
Notable relative(s) Wayne Shelford (nephew)[1]
Darrall Shelford (nephew)
Exia Shelford (niece)[2]
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker
New Zealand No. 826
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Bay of Plenty
Western Australia[3]
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
New Zealand Māori
New Zealand



Frank Nuki Ken Shelford (born 16 May 1955) is a former New Zealand rugby union player. A flanker, Shelford represented Wellington at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, from 1981 to 1985. He played 22 matches for the All Blacks including four internationals.[4]

Of Whakatōhea descent,[1] Shelford played for New Zealand Māori, captaining the side against Tonga in 1983.[4] He won the Tom French Cup for Māori player of the year in 1981.

Shelford was named the supreme winner at the 1984 Bay of Plenty sports awards.[5]


  1. 1 2 Hallinan, Chris; Judd, Barry, eds. (2013). Native games: indigenour peoples and sports in the post-colonial world. Bingley: Emerald. p. xvi–xx. ISBN 978-1-78190-591-3.
  2. "Weekly gatherings help family heal after tragedy". Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  3. "Perth-Bayswater Rugby Club state representatives". Perth-Bayswater RUFC. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  4. 1 2 Luxford, Bob. "Frank Shelford". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  5. "Supreme winner announced". Sport Bay of Plenty. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
Preceded by
Hika Reid
Tom French Memorial
Māori rugby union player of the year

Succeeded by
Steven Pokere

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