Bob Deans

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Bob Deans
Full name Robert George Deans
Date of birth 19 February 1884
Place of birth Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Date of death 30 September 1908
Place of death Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 85.6 kg (189 lb)
School Christchurch Boys High School
Notable relative(s) Bruce Deans (grandnephew)
Robbie Deans (grandnephew)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre three-quarter
New Zealand No. 129
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
1902–1908 High School Old Boys
correct as of 7 May 2007.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1903–1908 Canterbury 25
correct as of 2 May 2007.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1905–1908 New Zealand 24 (63)
correct as of 2 May 2007.

Robert George Deans (19 February 1884, Christchurch, New Zealand – 30 September 1908) was a former New Zealand and Canterbury rugby union footballer. Deans entered into New Zealand rugby folklore for a disallowed try against Wales in 1905, when he claimed to score a try that would have drawn New Zealand level but was pulled back over the line before the referee could catch up.

It was the only match that New Zealand lost in the 35 match tour. However, they were considered very lucky not to lose to both Swansea and Cardiff also. As such, the 1905 tour confirmed that the Welsh clubs were the world's foremost rugby powers. Tragically, Deans was only 24 when he died as a result of complications arising from an appendix operation.

Family members[edit]

Deans' great nephews Bruce Deans and Robbie Deans also played for Canterbury and the All Blacks. Robbie is the former Australian head coach.

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