Bob Duff (rugby union)

Robert Hamilton Duff JP (5 August 1925 – 11 May 2006) was a New Zealand rugby union player and coach. A lock, Duff represented Canterbury at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, from 1951 to 1956. He played 18 matches for the All Blacks, two of which were as captain, including 11 internationals. He later was coach of the All Blacks from 1972 to 1973.[1]

Bob Duff
Birth nameRobert Hamilton Duff
Date of birth(1925-08-05)5 August 1925
Place of birthLyttelton, New Zealand
Date of death11 May 2006(2006-05-11) (aged 80)
Place of deathChristchurch, New Zealand
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight105 kg (231 lb)
SchoolLyttelton District High School
Christchurch Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1945–1957 Canterbury 99 ()
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1951–1956 New Zealand 11 (0)
Coaching career
Years Team
1972–1973 New Zealand

Duff was elected as a member of the Lyttelton Borough Council, and served as deputy mayor for 12 years.[1][2] He was also a justice of the peace—the youngest in the country at the time of his appointment—and between 1984 and 1994 served as a member of the New Zealand Racing Authority.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Luxford, Bob. "Bob Duff". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  2. ^ Taylor, Alister; Coddington, Deborah (1994). Honoured by the Queen – New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. p. 127. ISBN 0-908578-34-2.
Sporting positions
Preceded by All Blacks captain
Succeeded by
Preceded by All Blacks coach
Succeeded by