Laurence William Mains MNZM (born 16 February 1946), commonly known as Laurie Mains, is a former rugby union footballer and coach who represented New Zealand. Mains' representative career started when he first played for Otago in 1967. He made his All Blacks début in 1971, against the British and Irish Lions. His last Test was against Ireland in 1976. Although he toured South Africa in 1976, he played no Test matches.

Laurie Mains
Birth nameLaurence William Mains
Date of birth (1946-02-16) 16 February 1946 (age 73)
Place of birthDunedin, New Zealand
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight78 kg (12 st 4 lb)
SchoolKing's High School
Occupation(s)Residential building
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback
All Black No. 697
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Southern ()
Correct as of 4 February 2007
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1967–76 Otago 115 (967)
Correct as of 4 February 2007
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1971–76 New Zealand 15 (153)
Correct as of 4 February 2007
Teams coached
Years Team
New Zealand
Correct as of 4 February 2007

Mains' coaching career started with Otago, whom he coached for eight years. He was appointed All Blacks coach in 1992, and coached them to the 1995 Rugby World Cup final; where they lost to South Africa.

In the 1998 New Year Honours, Mains was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to rugby.[1]

He is the current owner of GJ Gardner Homes in Dunedin, New Zealand and is an oldboy of King's High School.


  1. ^ "New Year honours list 1998". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 1997. Retrieved 1 September 2019.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alex Wyllie
All Blacks coach
Succeeded by
John Hart