Bob Deans

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Bob Deans
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
Position(s) Centre three-quarter
All Black No. 129
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1902–1908 High School Old Boys ()
Correct as of 7 May 2007
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1903–1908 Canterbury 25 ()
Correct as of 2 May 2007
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (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. 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. Jane Deans (died 1911) was his grandmother.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Riccarton and the Deans Family, page 188

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