Mike Parkinson

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Mike Parkinson
Full name Ross Michael Parkinson
Date of birth (1948-05-30)30 May 1948
Place of birth Wairoa, New Zealand
Date of death 17 January 2009(2009-01-17) (aged 60)
Place of death Matauri Bay, New Zealand
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
School Gisborne Boys' High School
Notable relative(s) Johnny Smith (father-in-law)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Midfield
New Zealand No. 709
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1968, 1971–77 Poverty Bay 55 ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1970, 1974
New Zealand Maori
New Zealand



Ross Michael "Mike" Parkinson (30 May 1948 – 17 January 2009) was a New Zealand rugby union player. Playing as a midfield back, Parkinson represented Poverty Bay at domestic level, and was a member of the New Zealand national team, the All Blacks. He represented New Zealand in 20 international matches, seven of them at full test level, from 1972 to 1973. He also played for Auckland Maori, the North Island and a combined Poverty Bay-East Coast selection against the Lions in 1971.[1] Parkinson died on 17 January 2009 while on holiday in Northland.[2]


  1. ^ Knight, Lindsay. "Mike Parkinson". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Rugby: Former All Black Mike Parkinson dies". New Zealand Herald. 20 January 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2015.