Fred Allen passes away

Yahoo! Sport New Zealand April 28, 2012, 11:05 am

All Black legend Sir Fred 'the Needle' Allen has died aged 92.

Allen played 21 games for the All Blacks, including six Tests, all as captain from 1946-49.

Born in Oamaru, but educated in Christchurch Sir Fred played for Canterbury from 1939-41, but it was with Auckland and the All Blacks for which he is best remembered.

After serving as a lieutenant in the 27th and 30th Battalions during World War II, Allen was part of the 2nd NZEF "Kiwis" Army team that made a wonderfully successful tour of Britain in 1945/6.

After his playing career ended Sir Fred shifted into the coaches' box.

Between 1957 and 1963 he coached the Auckland provincial side, during which the province established a then-record of 25 successful Ranfurly Shield victories.

Following this he was appointed All Blacks selector in 1964 before taking over the reins from 1966 to 1968, where the All Blacks won every single one of the 14 test matches under his tutelage.

Sir Fred was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to rugby in 2010.

He had been previously made an OBE in 1990.

In 2002 the NZRU awarded Sir Fred the Steinlager Salver for his outstanding contribution to NZ rugby, and in 2005 he was inducted in the IRB Hall of Fame.

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  1. Adin03:53pm Saturday 28th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Sorry Fred, seeing Yahoo wont let me comment on teaching maori in schools. what a complete waste of time. Peta sharples will be wanting us all tto be tattooed next Hell I hope he doesn't read this .....

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  2. Cheryl03:21pm Saturday 28th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    RIP Sir Fred. A TRUE New Zealander. Unlike Michelle and Steve.

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  3. Cheryl03:13pm Saturday 28th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    RIP Sir Fred. A TRUE New Zealander. Unlike Michelle and Steve.

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  4. Cheryl03:12pm Saturday 28th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Steve, if that is your attitude you s#*&head, then why don't you do yourself in (and Michelle this goes for you too!!!!). Then we can say "How sad, too bad" about you. Get a life!!!

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  5. Hong Kong Phooey02:56pm Saturday 28th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    RIP - Sir Fred , Yet another great man who gave so much to NZ and Rugby. As for your comments Steve - you are a DISGRACE, what do you mean who cares? Many of us who know what he did for NZ rigby & the sport in general CARE thats who!!!! He did more in one week of his life than you will probably do in your entire miserable one - People like you are what is wrong with this world - I pity you!!!

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  6. Steve02:41pm Saturday 28th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    How sad, too bad! Who really cares? Come on, be honest, WHO REALLY CARES??????

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  7. PG02:37pm Saturday 28th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    A pity...I nominated him for the Blues coaching job.

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  8. colleen02:36pm Saturday 28th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    r.i.p uncle fred you gave alot to n.z rugby and will be remembered by many

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  9. Ian leonard02:19pm Saturday 28th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Proud to be a kiwi as was he. Spoke to him often at the Siverdale RSA where he dined frequently. Honest and trustworthy not seen on TV promoting failed finance companies or Korean Ssangyong low rated 4wd copy vehicles for greed more money. If Fred was a tree it would tower over pine. For Fred sadly the whistle for "no time!" has sounded.

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  10. Diane02:12pm Saturday 28th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It was a pleasure to be known as a kiwi as you are too, a credit to nz and rugby -- a legend that will never be forgotten.R.I.P. fred, cheers wayne

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