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Former All Black great Skinner dies

Stuff.Co.Nz
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LEGENDARY All Black prop Kevin Skinner has died in Auckland, aged 86.

Skinner died over the weekend, a New Zealand Rugby spokesman confirmed.

He played 20 Tests and 63 games for the All Blacks during an international career that spanned 1949 to 1956.

He was a hard-nosed, durable and tough prop who had his finest moments in the historic 1956 series against South Africa when he came out of retirement for the last two Tests and was credited with the being the man who regained the physical edge for the All Blacks.

The All Blacks had split the opening two Tests, in Dunedin and Wellington, but with Skinner back in the fold won the third Test 17-10 in Christchurch and the last 11-5 in Auckland.

Skinner was also renowned for his boxing prowess, and was the 1947 New Zealand heavyweight boxing champion.

He started his provincial rugby career in Otago and finished it in Counties.





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