Jock Hobbs dies
13 Mar 2012
New Zealand rugby legend Jock Hobbs has died of leukaemia in Wellington.
Hobbs, 52, had had a long struggle with the disease. The New Zealand Rugby Union issued a statement on behalf of the family. It reads: ‘Our family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support we have received over the last week and in particular, express our gratitude to all the staff at Wellington Hospital that were involved in Jock’s care.’
The former All Black captain is survived by wife Nicky and four children.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Keys, a close friend, said Hobbs was instrumental in earning the country the rights to host the 2011 World Cup. He added: ‘Jock was a man whose determination drove him to many successes in his life. It was that determination that saw him wage war against his illness for a prolonged period.’