Richard Fogarty

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Dick Fogarty
Full name Richard Fogarty
Date of birth (1891-12-12)12 December 1891
Place of birth Matakanui, New Zealand
Date of death 9 September 1980(1980-09-09) (aged 88)
Place of death Dunedin, New Zealand
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
School Christian Brothers School
Occupation(s) Labourer[1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Loose forward, hooker
New Zealand No. 230
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)

National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1921 New Zealand 2 ((0))

Richard "Dick" Fogarty MM (12 December 1891 – 9 September 1980) was New Zealand rugby union player. He was a member of the All Blacks in 1914, playing in the loose forward and hooker positions.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in the Central Otago gold-mining settlement of Matakanui, Fogarty was educated at Christian Brothers School in Dunedin, where he played rugby union.[3]

Senior rugby[edit]

Fogarty played for the Union club and represented Otago in 1914. He then played for the Hawera club and represented Taranaki from 1920 to 1922. He then shifted to Auckland where he played for College Rifles RFC. He represented Auckland in 1923 and 1924. He was a New Zealand trialist in 1924 and played in the New Zealand Services team in 1918, 1919 and 1920.[2]

All Black[edit]

Fogarty was selected for the 1921 All Blacks. His two games for New Zealand were against the 1921 Springboks. He played in his usual position as a loose forward in the first test and as a hooker in the final test.[2] The first test was won by New Zealand (13–5) and the second was a scoreless draw (0–0). Fogarty did not score any points for the All Blacks.[3]

Military service[edit]

During World War I, Fogarty served with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, rising to the rank of sergeant. He was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in 1918.[3][4]

Later life and death[edit]

Following the death of Frank Mitchinson in 1978, Fogarty held the distinction of being the oldest living All Black. He died in Dunedin in 1980 and was buried at Andersons Bay Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Cemeteries search". Dunedin City Council. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Polanski, Ron (2007). The All Blackography. Auckland: Hodder Moa. p. 158. ISBN 9781869710989. 
  3. ^ a b c Neazor, Paul. "Dick Fogarty". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Military Medal to New Zealand soldiers". Auckland Star. 20 May 1918. p. 6. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
Preceded by
Frank Mitchinson
Oldest living All Black
27 March 1978 – 9 September 1980
Succeeded by
Bill Francis