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Daniel George Fraser
was a New Zealand rugby football
Rugby football is a style of football named after Rugby School in the United Kingdom. It is seen most prominently in two current sports, rugby league and rugby union.-History:...
er who was part of the professional 1907-1908 New Zealand rugby tour of Great Britain.
During the Boer War
The Second Boer War was fought from 11 October 1899 until 31 May 1902 between the British Empire and the Afrikaans-speaking Dutch settlers of two independent Boer republics, the South African Republic and the Orange Free State...
, Fraser played for the New Zealand Army Corps team, which was the first New Zealand rugby side to play in South Africa.
In 1907 Fraser joined the professional All Blacks while they were in New South Wales
New South Wales is a state of :Australia, located in the east of the country. It is bordered by Queensland, Victoria and South Australia to the north, south and west respectively. To the east, the state is bordered by the Tasman Sea, which forms part of the Pacific Ocean. New South Wales...
on the first leg of their 1907–1908 tour of Australia and Great Britain. Fraser was one of six players on the tour from the Petone Rugby Club
The Petone Rugby Football Club was founded in 1885 and has been the Wellington Premier Champion 39 times between 1895 and 2005. In addition to this, the club has won the Club Championship on 42 occasions between 1922 and 2005...
. Fraser's main role was a non-playing one, acting as assistant manager and helping Albert Baskiville with his day to day duties. However Fraser did play in two test matches for New Zealand between 1907 and 1909.
On his return to New Zealand Fraser tried to help fill some of the gap left by the death of Baskiville, helping the game establish itself and he organised the first provincial game of rugby league
Rugby league football, usually called rugby league, is a full contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular grass field. One of the two codes of rugby football, it originated in England in 1895 by a split from Rugby Football Union over paying players...
in New Zealand, between Auckland
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at Victoria Park on 24 August 1908. Fraser also managed the New Zealand team on their first tour of Australia in 1909.
Like five other members of the touring party Fraser is buried at Karori Cemetery.