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Douglas Leslie Rollerson (14 May 1953 – 3 May 2017) was a New Zealand rugby union and rugby league player, and rugby union executive.

Doug Rollerson
Birth nameDouglas Leslie Rollerson
Date of birth(1953-05-14)14 May 1953
Place of birthPapakura, New Zealand
Date of death3 May 2017(2017-05-03) (aged 63)
Place of deathAuckland, New Zealand
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb)
SchoolWesley College
UniversityMassey University
Rugby league career
Position(s) Fullback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1982–83 North Sydney ()
Rugby union career
Position(s) First five-eighth
All Black No. 758
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1972–77, 80–81

National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1976, 1980–81
NZ Universities
New Zealand



Rugby unionEdit

Primarily a fullback and first five-eighth, Rollerson represented Manawatu at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, in 1976, 1980 and 1981. He played 24 matches for the All Blacks including eight full internationals.[1] He later served as the chief executive of the North Harbour Rugby Union from December 1997 to March 2004.[1][2]

Rugby leagueEdit

From 1982, Rollerson spent two seasons with the North Sydney Bears, playing fullback, mostly in reserve grade.[1]


He died on 3 May 2017 after a long battle with cancer.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Akers, Clive. "Doug Rollerson". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Rugby: Rollerson steps down as North Harbour CEO". New Zealand Herald. 4 December 2003. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  3. ^ Former All Black Doug Rollerson dies after long battle with cancer