Nelson Dalzell

George Nelson Dalzell (26 April 1921 – 30 April 1989) was a New Zealand rugby union player. A lock, Dalzell represented Canterbury at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, from 1953 to 1954. He played 22 matches for the All Blacks including five internationals.[1]

Nelson Dalzell
Dalzell c. 1953
Birth nameGeorge Nelson Dalzell
Date of birth(1921-04-26)26 April 1921
Place of birthRotherham, New Zealand
Date of death30 April 1989(1989-04-30) (aged 68)
Place of deathChristchurch, New Zealand
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight102 kg (225 lb)
SchoolCulverden School
Notable relative(s)Allan Elsom (brother-in-law)
Graeme Higginson (son-in-law)
George Whitelock (grandson)
Sam Whitelock (grandson)
Luke Whitelock (grandson)
Adam Whitelock (grandson)
Occupation(s)Harness racing trainer and breeder
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
All Black No. 553
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1948–54 Canterbury 56 ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1953–54 New Zealand 5 (3)


  1. Knight, Lindsay. "Nelson Dalzell". New Zealand Rugby Museum. Retrieved 11 December 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)