Grant Fox

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Grant Fox

Grant James Fox

(1962-06-16) 16 June 1962 (age 59)
New Plymouth, New Zealand
EducationAuckland Grammar School
Alma materUniversity of Auckland
RelativesRyan Fox (son)
Gregory Wallace (brother-in-law)
Merv Wallace (father-in-law)
Rugby career
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight72 kg (11 st 5 lb)[1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) First five-eighth
All Black No. 857
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1982–93 Auckland 189 (2746)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1984–93 New Zealand 46 (645)
Teams coached
Years Team
1999–2003 Auckland

Grant James Fox MBE (born 16 June 1962) is a former rugby union player from New Zealand. He was a member of the All Blacks team that won the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987.

Playing career[edit]

Fox was born in New Plymouth. He attended Auckland Grammar school.

During his time with the All Blacks from 1985 to 1993, he wore the number 10 jersey (first five-eighth or fly-half), and was the main goalkicker for the All Blacks. He amassed 645 points from 46 All Black Test Matches (1 try, 118 conversions, 128 penalties, 7 drop goals). He is considered a true pioneer of the modern art of goal kicking,[2] in particular the technicalities of leaning the ball forward, which has been adopted by world class kickers since. Many believe he is one of the greatest first five-eighths in All Black history,[1] even though he was not a great runner with the ball in hand.[2]

Despite his relatively short height, he made up for this with fantastic distribution skills reinforced by his long-term colleague John Kirwan's then-world-record career statistics playing outside him for Auckland and the All Blacks. His inability to score tries was often a joking point in the team – his cause not helped by an overruled attempt against Ireland in 1989 (due to a prior technical infringement by a teammate).[1]

Fox was a member of the New Zealand Cavaliers which toured apartheid South Africa in 1986, following the cancellation of the official NZRFU tour in 1985. For participating in the rebel tour Fox was banned from selection in the All Blacks for three tests.[3]

The highlight of Fox's career was winning the inaugural Rugby World Cup with New Zealand in 1987, a victory based in part on his accurate kicking.

Coaching and broadcasting[edit]

In the 1995 New Year Honours, Fox was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to rugby.[4]

Fox remained an integral part of his Auckland club, involved at a coaching level and sharing in their success in the 1999 and 2002–2003 NPC seasons.

Fox is now a commentator on Sky Sports, NBC Sports and in the EA Sports rugby union series.

Fox provided commentary on the Rugby World Cup on ABC in 1995, with Al Michaels in 1999 and 2003 and Mike Tirico in 2007.

Fox is currently a selector with the New Zealand All Blacks (2011–present)


  1. ^ a b c d Grant Fox at
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  3. ^ White, Steven (2015). The 50 Greatest Rugby Union Players of All Time. Icon Books. ISBN 978-1785780271.
  4. ^ "No. 53894". The London Gazette (2nd supplement). 31 December 1994. p. 34.

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