Rugby hero Sir Fred Allen dies in hospital in Orewa, aged 92

Press Release – Les Divers
It is with great sadness that his family advises of the death of Sir Frederick Richard Allen, KNZM, OBE. Sir Fred passed away peacefully in the early hours of the morning at Maygrove Village Hospital, Orewa where he has resided in recent months. He was 92.

Sir Fred’s record as a player and coach of the Auckland rugby team and as a player, captain, selector and coach of the All Blacks has been well documented. He was forthright and inspirational and his services to Auckland Rugby and many other sporting and non-sporting organisations reflected his ever present passion and generosity of spirit.

Earlier this week, Sir Fred had participated in the opening of a bridge at Auckland Memorial Park and at an Anzac Day service.

His beloved wife Norma died in 2009. He is survived by his daughter Marianne and granddaughters Inés and Katia.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later stage.

Release authorised by:
Les Divers, Solicitor, Churton Hart & Divers

Statement from NZ Government
Prime Minister John Key says he is saddened to hear of the death of All Black legend Sir Fred Allen, who was knighted in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Sir Fred was born in Oamaru, educated in Christchurch, and served overseas with the 2nd NZEF during World War 2. After the war he played for Auckland, and then the All Blacks from 1946 to 1949.

He went on to coach Auckland and then the All Blacks from 1966 to 1968, winning all 14 tests during that period Sir Fred was 92 when he died, and was the oldest living All Black.

“I would like to take the opportunity to express my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Sir Fred,” says Mr Key. “He was a great New Zealander, and one who richly deserved the honours bestowed on him.”

Statement from NZ Labour Party
Labour Leader David Shearer today paid tribute to legendary All Blacks captain and coach Sir Fred Allen. “I was very sorry to hear that Sir Fred Allen had passed away, our thoughts and sympathy are with his family and friends. New Zealanders will remember Sir Fred for his strong leadership and enormous contribution to rugby as an All Black and a coach.

“He was a real Kiwi hero, a humble man and a high achiever.

“He achieved many successes during his career including playing for the All Blacks from 1946 to 1949, and coaching the team to victory in all14 tests from 1966 to 1969, a remarkable achievement.

“Sir Fred Allen was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby in 2010. He will be remembered for his dedication and commitment not only as an All Black but a mentor for so many in the game,” David Shearer said.