|Date of birth||31 July 1941|
|Place of birth||Greymouth|
|Height||1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
Anthony Gordon (Tony) Steel (born 31 July 1941) is a former New Zealand rugby union player, politician and educator.
He was born in Greymouth, and played rugby first for his school, Christchurch Boys' High School, and then for Canterbury before finally playing for the All Blacks between 1966 and 1968. He was a part of the All Blacks 1967 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain, France and Canada.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
In the 1990 election, he stood for Parliament as a candidate for the National Party, defeating Labour's Bill Dillon in the Hamilton East electorate. In the 1993 election, however, he was defeated by Labour's Dianne Yates. He regained the seat in the 1996 election, and retained it in the 1999 election, but in the 2002 election, he was defeated again by Dianne Yates. Having opted not to seek a position on National's party list, Steel left Parliament. Testament to Steel's popularity in the city of Hamilton is the fact that he lost what has traditionally been regarded as a bellwether seat by a mere 600 votes, in an election where the National Party was almost destroyed by its lowest polling result in recent history.
In the year 2000 an extra house was added at Hamilton Boys' High School, named Steel house, after Tony Steel. Apart from Argyle House (the boarding house), all of the other houses are also named after former Headmasters.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Hamilton East