Former All Black Pickering dies

2016-07-07 11:31

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.

Read more on:    all blacks  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Which of the 4 South African team will finish with the fewest Super Rugby SA Conference points?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.