Brian McKechnie

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Brian John McKechnie
Date of birth (1953-11-06) 6 November 1953 (age 61)
Place of birth Gore, New Zealand
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 79 kg (12 st 6 lb)
School Southland Boys' High
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position First five-eighth, fullback
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Invercargill Star
correct as of 23 January 2007.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
correct as of 23 January 2007.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1977–1981 New Zealand 26 [10 tests] (148 [2t, 22c, 28p, 4dg])
correct as of 23 January 2007.

Brian John McKechnie (born 6 November 1953 in Gore, Southland, New Zealand) was a "double All Black", that is, he represented New Zealand in both rugby union and cricket.

Brian McKechnie facing Trevor Chappell's "underarm delivery"

He played 26 matches for the All Blacks as a first five-eighth and fullback, most memorably being the player to kick the winning penalty goal against Wales in 1978 when Andy Haden dived out off a lineout near full-time and was apparently awarded a penalty (the referee later said the penalty was for a completely separate incident and was clearly visible in video footage) which would secure the "Grand Slam" for the All Blacks against the home country unions.

As a cricketer, McKechnie was an economical right-arm pace bowler and useful lower-order batsman who played 14 one day games for the Black Caps, including the 1975 and 1979 World Cup tournaments in England. His last match for New Zealand was the infamous "underarm match" against Australia in 1981, when McKechnie was the batsman who faced Trevor Chappell's underarm delivery in the final ball of the match. McKechnie represented Otago in domestic competitions from 1971–72 to 1985–86. He later served on the national selection panel.

With Lynn McConnell, he wrote McKechnie: Double All Black: An Autobiography (Craigs, Invercargill) in 1983.[1]


  1. ^ Nat Lib of NZ Retrieved 1 December 2012.
Brian McKechnie
Cricket information
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Domestic team information
Years Team
1971–1986 Otago
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 14
Runs scored 54
Batting average 13.50
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 27
Balls bowled 818
Wickets 19
Bowling average 26.05
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling 3/23
Catches/stumpings -/- 2/-
Source: Cricinfo, 22 January 2007

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