Former All Black Terry Lineen dies aged 84


Terry Lineen (left), pictured with Frank McMullen after a test match against the British and Irish Lions in 1959, has died aged 84.

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Terry Lineen (left), pictured with Frank McMullen after a test match against the British and Irish Lions in 1959, has died aged 84.

Former All Blacks midfielder Terry Lineen has died.

NZ Rugby has confirmed a family member had contacted them to advise Lineen, who played 35 games – including 12 tests for the All Blacks between 1957 and 1960 – has passed away at the age of 84.

Former All Black Terry Lineen played 12 tests. He has died, aged 84.

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Former All Black Terry Lineen played 12 tests. He has died, aged 84.

A former Auckland provincial representative, Lineen played all four tests against the British and Irish Lions when they toured New Zealand in 1959.

He also toured Australia and South Africa with the All Blacks but it was his efforts when he played three tests at second five-eighth, and the other at centre, against the Lions that many fans of that era will remember most.

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Allblacks.com rugby historian Lindsay Knight wrote that Lineen was an attacking midfielder, who may have thrived more when expansive game plans were introduced upon the arrival of professional rugby.

Lineen also played three tests against the Springboks when the All Blacks’ toured South Africa in 1960.At just 24 years of age he was forced to retire due to a shoulder injury. Lineen battled illness in his latter years.

His son Sean, who played for Counties-Manukau before leaving New Zealand to live in Scotland, played international rugby for his adopted country.

Sean received 29 test camps and was a member of the 1990 Grand Slam team. He is currently the head coach of the Scotland under-20 team.