Fiji Time: 2:30 PM on Saturday 27 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Former AB Frank Oliver dies at 65

Aap
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

WELLINGTON - Former All Blacks captain Frank Oliver has died at his home in Palmerston North at the age of 65.

Oliver, renowned for his tough, no-nonsense approach to rugby as both a player and a coach died suddenly in his bed on Sunday.

The rugged lock played 43 games for the All Blacks, including 17 Tests, from 1976 to 1981.

He was captain in four games, including for the three-Test home series against Australia in 1978 when Graham Mourie was injured.

He made his All Blacks debut on the 1976 tour of South Africa, playing 12 games before winning selection for the fourth and final Test in Johannesburg.

His final Test was also a loss to the Springboks, in the second Test of the controversial 1981 tour in Wellington.

Following his retirement a year later, Oliver moved into coaching to complement his work in forestry.

He coached Manawatu and then the ill-fated Central Vikings merger in 1997-98 as well as being inaugural coach of the Hurricanes in Super Rugby from 1996-99. He later coached the Blues for one season in 2001.

His son Anton Oliver played 56 Tests at hooker for the All Blacks, including 10 as captain in 2001.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65410.6351
JPY 54.851651.8516
GBP 0.37340.3654
EUR 0.43260.4206
NZD 0.69690.6639
AUD 0.65350.6285
USD 0.48690.4699

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 26th, May, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Inquiry bid foiled
  2. $16k freight scam
  3. 'Fijian' sparks debate
  4. $2m generated from Super Rugby match
  5. Non parole period of thirty years
  6. Farmers protest
  7. Risky crossing for users
  8. Road authority utilises $23m for repair works
  9. Ministry certifies twenty-six growers
  10. Repairs to 32 schools by Oct

Top Stories this Week

  1. A-G sounds warning Sunday (21 May)
  2. Man wants house back Wednesday (24 May)
  3. Qoro on Pleass board Monday (22 May)
  4. Henry's debt to mum Wednesday (24 May)
  5. Work cut out Monday (22 May)
  6. Toorak youths distraught over lost jerseys Tuesday (23 May)
  7. Mystery chests, villagers warned Wednesday (24 May)
  8. Pillar of strength Wednesday (24 May)
  9. Thank you midwives Monday (22 May)
  10. Rabuka not happy Wednesday (24 May)