Frank Oliver (rugby union)

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Frank Oliver
Full name Francis James Oliver
Date of birth (1948-12-24)24 December 1948
Place of birth Dunedin, New Zealand
Date of death 16 March 2014(2014-03-16) (aged 65)
Place of death Palmerston North, New Zealand
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 107 kg (16 st 12 lb)
School Lawrence District High School
Notable relative(s) Anton Oliver (son)
Mark Donaldson (brother-in-law)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
New Zealand No. 750
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1969–77
1978–79
1980–83
Southland
Otago
Manawatu
64
8
54
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1976–81  New Zealand 17 (4)
Coaching career
Years Club / team
1993–94
1995–96
1998–99
1996–99
2001
New Zealand U19
Manawatu
Central Vikings
Hurricanes
Blues
Rugby union career

Francis James "Frank" Oliver (24 December 1948 – 16 March 2014) was a New Zealand rugby union player and coach. He captained the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, in four matches.

Biography[edit]

Born in Dunedin and educated at Lawrence District High School, Oliver made his provincial rugby debut for Southland in 1969. He later also played for Otago and Manawatu, playing a total of 213 first-class games.[1]

Oliver played in the forwards as a lock and appeared in 43 matches for the All Blacks — 17 of them full test appearances — between 1976 and 1981, captaining the team in four matches. After retiring as a player in 1983, Oliver coached the Manawatu provincial team from 1995 to 1997 and the short-lived Central Vikings merged team from 1998 to 1999. In Super Rugby he coached the Hurricanes (1996–99) and the Blues (2001).[1][2]

Oliver's son Anton followed in his father's footsteps, representing both Otago and New Zealand, and being All Blacks' captain.[3] They are the first[4] — and so far only — father-and-son combination to have captained the national side.

Outside of rugby, Oliver worked in forestry, and was running a sawmill business up until his death in 2014.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Frank Oliver". New Zealand Rugby Museum. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Brown, Matt; Heveldt, Guy; Vannisselroy, Brenton (18 March 2014). "Rugby: Former All Black Frank Oliver remembered". Newstalk ZB. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Former All Black Frank Oliver dies". 3News. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "All Black captaincy: It's a family affair". The Press. 22 May 2001. p. 28.