Former All Black Keith Murdoch dies aged 74

Former All Black Keith Murdoch has died aged 74.

He holds the dubious title of being the first All Black sent home from a tour for misbehaviour, after punching a security guard in 1972.

Murdoch had scored the only try in the match against Wales that same day, winning the game.

After the controversial incident he lived a private life, preferring to move to the Australian outback rather than return to New Zealand rugby.

He died on Friday in Australia, his sister confirmed to Newshub.

But before his sensational sacking, Murdoch was seen as hard man of New Zealand rugby, playing for Otago from 1964 to 1972 and touring as an All Black from 1970 to 1972.

He played 27 matches for the All Blacks including three tests.

Research for a production based around his life, Finding Murdoch, found that a number of his squad members tried to leave the tour with Murdoch in solidarity, but the player told them not to.