Rugby: Former All Black Bruce Deans dies age 58 after cancer battle

Former All Blacks halfback Bruce Deans has died aged 58, after a battle with cancer.

The halfback played 10 tests between 1987 and 1989, and was a member of the 1987 All Blacks squad which won the Rugby World Cup, although he did not play during the tournament. 

Deans received his first test cap during a 52-3 win over Wales at Lancaster Park, while his last was against Australia in Auckland, a match the All Blacks won 24-12.

Deans was a key member of Canterbury's squad which held the Ranfurly Shield from 1982-85.

His older brother Robbie and great-uncle Bob also played for Canterbury and the All Blacks.

Earlier this month, former All Blacks captain and coach Sir Brian James Lochore died aged 78 after a battle with bowel cancer. 


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