|Birth 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||Darfield, 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|
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. Tragically, Deans was only 24 when he died as a result of complications arising from an appendix operation.
- Riccarton and the Deans Family, page 188
- Bob Deans at AllBlacks.com
- Olssen, Erik (7 April 2006). "Deans, Robert George 1884–1908". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Retrieved 2 May 2007.
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