Ivan Vodanovich

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Ivan Vodanovich
Full name Ivan Matthew Henry Vodanovich[1]
Date of birth (1930-04-08)8 April 1930
Place of birth Whanganui, New Zealand
Date of death 2 September 1995(1995-09-02) (aged 65)
Place of death Wellington, New Zealand
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 96 kg (212 lb)
Occupation(s) Menswear retailer
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
New Zealand No. 568
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1955 New Zealand 3 ((3))
Teams coached
Years Team
1969–71 New Zealand

Ivan Matthew Henry Vodanovich MBE (8 April 1930 – 2 September 1995) was a New Zealand rugby union player, coach and administrator. He played three tests for the All Blacks in 1955. Vodanovich was All Blacks coach from 1969 to 1971.[2]

As then coach and chief selector of the New Zealand team, he gained some notoriety for warning that the first test of the British Lions 1971 tour of New Zealand could be "another Passchendaele" for the Lions if they continued to play negative rugby as they had in a preliminary match against Canterbury. The Lions went on to record a rare series win 2–1.[3]


  1. ^ "New Zealand—Players & Officials—Ivan Vodanovich". ESPNscrum. ESPN. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ivan Vodanovich". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Brookes, John (8 May 2005). "Battling the Lions: The battle of Lancaster Park". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Fred Allen
All Blacks coach
Succeeded by
Bob Duff