New Zealand Rugby is mourning the death of former All Blacks Captain Kevin Skinner, who passed away early this morning in Auckland, aged 86.
“It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Kevin Skinner,” said New Zealand Rugby Chairman Brent Impey.
“Kevin was a much-admired player, regarded by many as one of New Zealand’s greatest props, while his role in the All Blacks’ first series win over South Africa in 1956 has earned him a place in rugby folklore.
“I am sure that in coming days Kevin will be fondly remembered across New Zealand, in particular by the Otago rugby community, for his performances for the All Blacks as well as his continued contributions to the game as a coach and administrator.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”
Skinner was 21 when he made his All Blacks Test debut in May 1949 against South Africa in Cape Town. He went on to play 61 matches, including 18 Tests, and captained the All Blacks in six matches, including two Tests, before retiring at the end of the 1954 season.
In 1956 he was recalled to the All Blacks for the final two Tests against the touring Springboks, bringing his Test tally to 20. The South African front row had been dominant in the first two Tests but Skinner’s return strengthened the All Blacks and provided the side with the power and toughness required to ensure New Zealand’s first series win over the ‘Boks.
Skinner played his provincial rugby for Otago, mostly from the Pirates Club, before shifting to Waiuku in 1956 and turning out for Counties and the combined Bay of Plenty-Thames Valley-Counties side. He was part of the 1947 Otago side that lifted the Ranfurly Shield from Southland and the Combined side that faced the South Africans in 1956, a match held four days before the final Test.
Following his retirement from playing, Skinner remained involved with the game as a club coach and later became involved with the Barbarians, including serving as President from 1988 to 1990. Skinner was also a skilled boxer, winning the New Zealand heavyweight boxing championship in 1947.
Profile by Bob Luxford for the New Zealand Rugby Museum.
|FULL NAME||Kevin Lawrence Skinner|
|BORN||Thursday, 24 November 1927 in Dunedin|
|DIED||Sunday, 20 July 2014 in Auckland|
|LAST SCHOOL||St Kevin’s College|
(First made All Blacks from)
|ALL BLACK DEBUT||Tuesday, 31 May 1949
v Western Province Universities at Cape Town
aged 21 years, 188 days
|INTERNATIONAL DEBUT||Saturday, 16 July 1949
v South Africa at Cape Town
aged 21 years, 234 days
|LAST TEST||Saturday, 1 September 1956
v South Africa at Auckland
aged 28 years, 282 days
|ALL BLACK TESTS||20 20|
|ALL BLACK GAMES||43 43|
|TOTAL ALL BLACK MATCHES||63 63|
|ALL BLACK CAPTAINCY||6 as Captain|
|ALL BLACK TEST POINTS||3pts (1t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)|
|ALL BLACK GAME POINTS||6pts (2t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)|
|TOTAL ALL BLACK POINTS||9pts (3t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)|
|ALL BLACK NUMBER||491|
ALL BLACK GAMES THAT SKINNER PLAYED For more about Kevin Skinner, please click here.
Story Source : All Blacks Media Release , http://rugbyredefined.com