Pat Vincent

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Pat Vincent
Full name Patrick Bernard Vincent
Date of birth (1926-01-06)6 January 1926
Place of birth Whataroa, New Zealand
Date of death 10 April 1983(1983-04-10) (aged 57)
Place of death Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
School Christchurch Boys
University University of Canterbury
Occupation(s) School teacher
Rugby union career
Position(s) Halfback
New Zealand No. 576
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1956 New Zealand 2 (0)
Teams coached
Years Team
St. Mary's (CA)

Patrick Bernard Vincent (6 January 1926 – 10 April 1983) was a New Zealand rugby union player and later a rugby coach in the United States. A halfback, Vincent represented Canterbury at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, in 1956. He played just two games for the All Blacks, both of them test matches against the touring South African team, and was captain on both occasions. He went on to be the Canterbury coach between 1959 and 1962.[1]

Vincent was educated at Christchurch Boys' High School,[1] and then studied at Canterbury University College, from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1948.[2]

United States[edit]

Vincent emigrated to the United States in 1967, where he lived the rest of his life.[1] He coached the college rugby team for St. Mary's College of California from 1968 to 1983. Vincent also had a number of administrative rugby roles — he was the President of the Northern California Rugby Union from 1973 to 1976, a charter signer and Founder of USA Rugby in 1975, and a Governor of the U.S. Union from 1975 to 1977.

Vincent died in 1983.

Vincent was one of the inaugural members inducted into the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame in 2011.


  1. ^ a b c Viney, Kathy; Williams, Defyd. "Pat Vincent". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "NZ university graduates 1870–1961: U–Wh". Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ian Clarke
All Blacks Captain
Succeeded by
Bob Duff