RIP Fred Allen

April 28th, 2012 at 1:01 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

All Black great Sir has passed away.

Sir Fred, who at age 92 was the oldest living All Black, had been battling ill health for some time and was in full-time care on the Whangaparoa Peninsula.

He passed away at 3.30am on Saturday morning.

Despite illness, Sir Fred tried to remain as active as ever in recent times.

Earlier this week he unveiled a bridge on Sir Fred All Walk of HonourĀ  at Auckland Memorial Park, Silverdale.

Now that is service until the very end.

He is among the rare group of players to have both played and coached the All Blacks.

The star first-five played 21 matches for the All Blacks, including six tests, between 1946-49. …

After ending his playing days, Sir Fred took up coaching.

He was an All Black selector between 1964-65 and then coached the men in black between 1966-68.

His coaching tenure, which saw him known as ‘The Needle’, included the All Blacks winning all 14 tests under his control.

We have truly lost one of the greats.

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10 Responses to “RIP Fred Allen”

  1. jaba (2,089 comments) says:

    I thought he would go on forever, a true great New Zealander

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  2. Keeping Stock (10,114 comments) says:

    Quite so DPF. We are unlikely to see his like again. “Great” is an adjective we throw around with much abandon, but in Sir Fred Allen’s case, it is absolutely justified.

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  3. MT_Tinman (2,995 comments) says:

    A great coach, the “needle” will live forever.

    I was sure Allen coached NZ against Wales in 1969 and Vodanavic took over after that. Anyone got any details?

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  4. alex Masterley (1,491 comments) says:

    Sir Fred was also a 60 year member of the RNZYS, joining in 1952.
    The Ensign was at 1/2 mast today as a consequence.
    A loss to us all.

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  5. Ed Snack (1,739 comments) says:

    Yes, a great coach and motivator. He’s the only All Black coach with a 100% winning record too. Of course he couldn’t stay as coach, he had one enormous flaw as far as the NZRFU was concerned, anyone like to guess what it was ?

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  6. Keeping Stock (10,114 comments) says:

    He wasn’t Catholic enough?

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  7. Scott Chris (5,884 comments) says:

    Was one of the greats. Condolences to his friends and family.

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  8. SHG (365 comments) says:

    End of an era. RIP.

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  9. RRM (9,478 comments) says:

    92, that’s a pretty good run.

    Rugby’s the game with the pointy ball isn’t it?

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  10. mikenmild (10,766 comments) says:

    Don’t like rugby RRM? You picked the wrong thread then.

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