Cape Town - Former
All Blacks forward Rex Pickering, best-known for his try for Waikato
against the 1956 Springboks, has died at the age of 79.
New Zealand Rugby said Pickering, who played 21 All Blacks games from
1957-60 including three Tests, died in Hamilton on Tuesday.
The lock/loose forward entered Waikato rugby folklore with a crucial
try in the 14-10 win over South Africa in Hamilton, the first match on
their 1956 tour.
An injury in the backline forced a shift to the wing in the first half for 19-year-old Pickering.
He impressed there with his speed and skill, crashing over in the corner for a try which earned him national headlines.