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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