Former Rugby World cup All Black dies

Former All Blacks prop John Drake, a member of the New Zealand team which won the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, died Saturday aged 49, a family spokesman said.


Drake played 12 matches including eight tests for New Zealand as a tighthead prop between 1985 and 1987.

 

He was lately employed as a television commentator and newspaper columnist on rugby.

 

A spokesman for the family confirmed Drake’s death, saying he collapsed beside the swimming pool of his Auckland home.

 

He refused to specify a cause of death.

Sapa-AP Rugbyweek.com

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