Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Jock Hobbs RIP

Extremely sad news today that former All Black flanker Jock Hobbs has passed away aged 52 after losing his fight with cancer.

I'm afraid that I am not au fait enough with his work as an administrator and ambassador for NZ rugby to comment, but I am old enough to remember Hobbs as a player. I recall  in particular how he came into the All Black team against the Lions in 1983, replacing the retired legend that was Graham Mourie - and the biggest compliment I can pay him was that the All Blacks didn't appear to miss Mourie one little bit.

1 comment:

Bailey said...

What most people outside NZ don't know is that Hobbs was one of the main guys who effectively saved rugby union when it was turning professional. There was a possibility of Kerry Packer starting a new league with union and league players under a combination of rules in Australia. Hobbs was a class guy and his legend was cemented when he managed to secure the World Cup for New Zealand played last year.