|Birth name||Michael James Bowie Hobbs|
|Date of birth||15 February 1960|
|Place of birth||Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Date of death||13 March 2012(aged 52)|
|Place of death||Wellington|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||92 kg (14 st 7 lb)|
|Occupation(s)||Amateur rugby union player Sports Executive|
|Rugby union career|
Michael James Bowie 'Jock' Hobbs, CNZM (15 February 1960 – 13 March 2012) was a New Zealand rugby union player and administrator. A flanker, he played for Canterbury and won 21 caps for the New Zealand national team, the All Blacks, between 1983 and 1986, with four tests as captain.
Youth and playing career
Jock Hobbs was born in Christchurch. He played in the first XV at Christ's College in Christchurch, and was a regular first choice for Canterbury from the 1981 season onwards, playing in the failed Ranfurly Shield challenge against Waikato. His test debut came in 1983 against the British and Irish Lions, where he was successor to Graham Mourie. Others that were possible replacements were Bruce Middleton and Auckland captain Alwyn Harvey, but Hobbs played so well against the Lions that he was an automatic selection as All Blacks number seven for the next few seasons.
Hobbs was All Black captain on the short tour of Fiji late in 1984 when Andy Dalton was unavailable, and in the tour of Argentina in 1985 when Dalton was again unavailable. He took part in the 1986 New Zealand Cavaliers tour to South Africa, before retiring in 1987 after a succession of concussions.
In 2005 Hobbs led New Zealand's successful bid to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup and in the same year was named the Herald's New Zealander of the year. Jock is the longest serving Chairman in NZRU history and his service to the game was recognized at the 2011 IRB and Steinlager Rugby awards where he received the Vernon Pugh award for Distinguished service and the Steinlager Salver award respectively.
In 2010, he stepped down from his administrative positions in order to battle leukemia.
- "Rugby: NZRU keen to keep Hobbs' experience". The New Zealand Herald. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- FitzSimmons, Peter (2003). The Rugby War. Harper Collins Publishers. ISBN 0-7322-7882-1.
- Cumming, Geoff (17 December 2005). "NZer of the Year: Jock Hobbs". Nzherald.co.nz.
- "Jerome Kaino named NZ rugby player of year". Stuff.co.nz. 1 December 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
- Hinton, Marc (7 May 2010). "Health forces Jock Hobbs to stand down". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
- All Black great Jock Hobbs dies Stuff.co.nz, 13 March 2012
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