BOB SCOTT, regarded as one of the greatest ever fullbacks, has died aged 91.
He played 17 tests and 52 matches for the All Blacks between 1946 and 1954, having grown up playing league but switching to the 15 man code in the army.
After serving in Italy during WW2, he returned to Auckland, playing in the first post-war tour to Australia and going to South Africa in 1949.
He retired in 1951, but returned to travel on the UK tour two years later.
Fellow All Black “Snow” White played three tests with Scott, and told One News he was ahead of his time.
“He was a freak. He had tremendous balance, he was seldom caught off balance and he used to throw huge dummies to people and he would kick really well with either foot, it didn’t matter if it was left or right he used to plough off huge hunks of territory when kicking it into touch,” White said.
“I think he would have fitted in (in the modern game). He wasn’t tremendously fast, but he had so many skills, he just did everything.
“He was an exceptional guy and everything just came easy to him.”
New Zealand Rugby Union chairman Mike Eagle paid tribute to Scott this afternoon.
“Bob was a much admired player, regarded by many as the complete fullback who played the game with passion and courage.
“Many will remember Bob as one of the greatest players to pull on the no.15 jersey and he was certainly a hugely popular member of the teams he played for.
“I am sure in coming days he will be fondly remembered across New Zealand and in particular at the Ponsonby Rugby Club from where he was first selected for Auckland and the All Blacks and the Petone Rugby Club where he was heavily involved after finishing playing for the club in 1956.
Scott was the oldest living All Black after the death of Fred Allen in April.