Rugby: All Blacks legend Stanley 'Tiny' Hill dies

Stanley Hill makes a tackle against the 1959 British Lions
Stanley Hill makes a tackle against the 1959 British Lions. Photo credit: Photosport

All Blacks legend Stanley 'Tiny' Hill has died, aged 92.

The lock/loose forward played 19 matches for New Zealand - two as captain - including 11 tests from 1955-59, playing his provincial rugby for Canterbury and Counties.

After his retirement, he continued to serve NZ rugby as coach of the Canterbury side and All Blacks selector.

Hill, All Black No. 574, was a patron of the Rolleston Rugby Club, where he attended senior prizegiving as recently as August.

"Many of us have enjoyed listening to his stories from his playing days and his advice to our current players, when he was down at the clubrooms," posted the Rolleston club on Facebook.

Hill served in the NZ Army for 30 years and was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1996 New Year Honours. 

Sons Stan and John, and grandson Ben Hill all played for New Zealand in basketball.

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