RIP Jock Hobbs

March 13th, 2012 at 5:53 pm by David Farrar

The inevitable has happened and had died. For me it is especially poignant as Hobbs was All Black Captain when I was at secondary school and like most my age worshiped the All Blacks.

His contribution to NZ administration is immense, and arguably unparalleled. His death is several decades too early. The most moving aspect of the World Cup for me was when Hobbs presented Richie McCaw with his 100th test cap. You could see how ill Hobbs was, and knew he couldn’t have much time to go.

Hobbs also had an interest in politics, and would have made an excellent MP and Minister if he had ever said yes to numerous entreaties to stand.

As always my condolences go out to his family, and close friends.

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15 Responses to “RIP Jock Hobbs”

  1. F E Smith (3,305 comments) says:

    A sad loss and, as I am sure we all will, I also offer my condolences to his family.

    He also helped shape the modern game when he prevented the mass defections in 1995, allowing rugby to go pro under the auspices of the IRB rather than a breakaway group.

    He was also a professional colleague, one the legal profession has been very proud of.

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  2. Paul Williams (878 comments) says:

    A terrible loss to NZ society, business and sport. Hobbs was an incredible leader on and off the rugby pitch. My sincere condolences to his family.

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  3. Peter Freedman (127 comments) says:

    Last time I saw him on TV he looked a very sick man. But he seemed cheerful and smiling. I understand that was just the way he always was.

    Goodbye Jock, and thanks for everything you have done.

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  4. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    This is a huge loss for New Zealand rugby. Let’s just be grateful that he was spared for long enough to see the All Blacks win the RWC that he was precluded by injury from contesting in 1987.

    Sincere condolences to both the Hobbs and Deans families in their time of loss.

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  5. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    R.I.P. Jock Hobbs. Condolences to his family and friends.

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  6. Bob R (1,377 comments) says:

    Very sad. I never saw him play but remember the crucial role he played in keeping players with the NZRU rather than the breakaway Packer run WRC. He didn’t seem to get the recognition he deserved and even lost his place on the board IIRC. It was fitting that he was able to come back as Chairman and help secure the World Cup for NZ.

    Condolences to his friends & family.

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  7. Dazzaman (1,140 comments) says:

    Sad loss for his family I’m sure.

    Let’s not get all syrupy due to him being a public figure….like some did with that businessman I’ve never heard of.

    Good player, lucky to maintain his place due to being the captain during the middle part of his AB career, because Frank Shelford was much better.

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  8. Victor Meldrew (1 comment) says:

    @Dazzaman – time and place, mate, time and place. Yes, some people become overly sentimental about people in the public eye that they didn’t personally know, but demonstrating simple respect is another matter entirely. In any event, surely it’s far more laudable to lament the demise of a sportsman or businessman who made a genuine contribution to their country than it is to ululate over the passing of an empty celebrity…

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  9. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    Well said Victor.

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  10. Nostalgia-NZ (5,220 comments) says:

    Tip my hat to the number 7.

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  11. southtop (265 comments) says:

    Agree with most of the above; getting bitter and twisted however won’t do you or anyone any good.
    My overall comment is thanks Jock. Thankyou for managing the change from amateur to professional game and thanks for getting us the 2011 world cup.
    Down side I still regret not providing better opposition marking you in a quadragular tournament many decades ago.
    Condolences to the Hobbs, Deans and Christ College families.
    A really great New Zealander…R.I.P.

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  12. Nostalgia-NZ (5,220 comments) says:

    Tip my hat also to ‘Tiny White’ just this last Saturday gone.
    2 bloody good All Blacks.

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  13. Lindsay Addie (1,529 comments) says:

    My condolences to Jock’s family.

    A fine player and above all an even finer business mind. We cannot afford to lose people of his stature.

    Anyone like me who has had a family member who has battled leukemia will know only too well what Jock and his family have been through.

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  14. Elaycee (4,393 comments) says:

    @Victor.

    +1

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  15. KevinH (1,229 comments) says:

    R.I.P Jock Hobbs, a great player in his day whom sadly had to retire due to injury but nevertheless gave it 100% when he was on the paddock. Thanks to this great man for steering New Zealand Rugby in the right direction at the commencement of the professional era, and it was heartwarming to see him present Richie McCaw with his 100th Test Cap.

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