Rugby: All Blacks great Bruce Robertson dies, aged 71

  • 13/05/2023
Bruce Robertson.
Bruce Robertson. Photo credit: Photosport

All Blacks great Bruce Robertson has died, aged 71.

Robertson played 103 matches and 34 tests for New Zealand between 1972 and 1981 and was a Counties Manukau stalwart, making 135 appearances for the province over an 11-year span.

Regarded as one of  New Zealand's finest centres, Robertson was one of the premier backs of the 1970s, renowned for his elusiveness and intelligent approach to the game.

"Bruce was a true rugby servant and leaves a lasting legacy at our Union," Counties Manukau Rugby wrote in a tribute on social media. 

"Our love and thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."

Roberston declared himself unavailable to play against the Springboks during the infamous tour to New Zealand in 1981 as a protest against apartheid.

He made his debut against Australia in Wellington in August 1972, playing his final test against Scotland in Auckland in June of 1981. 

Robertson finished with a total of 22 test points, which included four tries.

After retiring in 1982, he remained connected to rugby through his work with the Northland Rugby Union.

The cause of Robertson's death is unknown.

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