RIP Jock Hobbs

I was driving home tonight hen the news came thru that Jock Hobbs had passed away:

A head injury prematurely terminated his playing career and a serious illness ended Jock Hobbs’ weighty off-field contributions to rugby before ultimately claiming his life.

A former All Blacks captain and New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) board chairman, Hobbs died today at the age of 52.

The NZRU confirmed the news this afternoon on behalf of his family, saying it was “with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jock Hobbs this afternoon”.

“Our family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support we have received over the last week and in particular, express our gratitude to all the staff at Wellington Hospital that were involved in Jock’s care.”

NZRU chairman Mike Eagle said New Zealand had lost an “inspirational leader with an incredible passion for the game of rugby and the part it plays in our lives”.

“I know many New Zealanders will join us in expressing their sorrow at his passing.”

My thoughts are with the family. A sad loss for New Zealand.


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  • starboard

    A great man. A great rugby player. Bloody sad. RIP Jock.

  • Mully

    RIP Jock. Cheers for getting the RWC for NZ.

  • Travdog

    Bloody sad day. Thanks Jock for your contribution to rugby, and bringing us Rugby World Cup 2011

  • Salacious T Crumb

    Tremendously sad news. One of the greatest figures in NZ rugby – player, captain and administrator. Saved the game as we know it in this country with his timely intervention when rival professional factions threatened the interests of the game and of course the architect of the RWC return in 2011. Our thoughts are of you Jock and for your family. Thank you for the wonderful memories.

  • Troy

    His integrity and dedication was way up with the other rugby greats NZ has produced – what a magnificent difference and contribution he made.

  • politically unstable

    It is always sad to lose people who contribute so much yet get taken away prematurely.

    • Mully

       Bloody Oath mate. And the sponges never fuck off.

  • Busman007

    A true legend and gentleman a big loss to NZ , RIP Jock

  • Frederico

    “Everyman  dies. Not everyman really lives”
    William Wallace, Scottish revolutionary

  • Patriot

    RIP Jock — Rugby is better now than When you found it  – Thanks for giving a Nation such Joy in winning the Webb Ellis , your family should be very proud of you – VERY PROUD

  • dad4justice

    Enjoyed playing against a great flanker. The 7club. Christs V St Bedes. Them were the days.
    RIP brother.

  • Grant Meg

    A real man in every way…rip m8

  • Peter WIlson

    Excelled at so many aspects of the game. Player, captain, administrator, leader.

  • sthn.jeff

    RIP Jock, While his final moment of glory will be the winning of the RWC, he, in my opinijn shoul be best remembered from saving the Game of Rugby from the Kerry Packer circus in 1995. Jock was almost singlehandedly responsible for securing the con tracts of so many of the then all blacks that the Packer circus simply faded away.