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.


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