New Zealand Rugby
All Blacks great Bob Scott dies
November 16, 2012
Bob Scott earned 17 caps for the All Blacks between 1946 and 1954 © Getty Images
The New Zealand Rugby Union has paid tribute to All Blacks great Bob Scott who has died at the age of 91.
"It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Bob Scott who was the oldest living All Black," said New Zealand Rugby Union chairman Mike Eagle. "Bob was a much admired player, regarded by many as the complete fullback who played the game with passion and courage."
Wellington-born Scott made his debut for the All Blacks against Australia in Dunedin in 1946 at the age of 25 and went on to wear the black jersey in 52 matches including 17 Tests. He retired in 1954 after playing his last Test against France in Paris.
"Many will remember Bob as one of the greatest players to pull on the No.15 jersey and he was certainly a hugely popular member of the teams he played for," said Eagle. "I am sure in coming days he will be fondly remembered across New Zealand and in particular at the Ponsonby Rugby Club from where he was first selected for Auckland and the All Blacks and the Petone Rugby Club where he was heavily involved after finishing playing for the club in 1956. We extend our condolences to his family at this sad time."
Scott is widely regarded as one of the finest players, in any position, to have played for New Zealand. Commentator Winston McCarthy wrote, "For me there will never by anyone as great as Scott." Former South Africa No.8 Hennie Muller described him as: "Altogether, the greatest footballer I've ever played against in any position".
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