Rangitane Will Norton MNZM (30 March 1942 – 4 August 2023), commonly known as Tane Norton, was a New Zealand rugby union player. He played at the hooker position. He played for Linwood before he first represented Canterbury in 1969.[1] In 1977, he captained the All Blacks to a series win over the British Lions and played three games for the World Invitation XV in South Africa.

Tane Norton
Birth nameRangitane Will Norton
Date of birth(1942-03-30)30 March 1942
Place of birthWaikari, New Zealand
Date of death4 August 2023(2023-08-04) (aged 81)
Place of deathChristchurch, New Zealand
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight87 kg (13 st 10 lb)
SchoolMethven District High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Mid Canterbury

International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
New Zealand Māori
New Zealand



In the 2006 New Year Honours, Norton was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to rugby.[2]

In 1973 and 1974, Norton was awarded the Tom French Cup for the outstanding Māori player of the year.[3]

A New Zealander of Māori descent, Norton was a New Zealander of Ngāi Tahu descent.[4]

Norton died in Christchurch on 4 August 2023, at the age of 81.[5][6]

See also



  1. ^ Preece, Kate (29 May 2012). "Legends of the club". Avenues Magazine. Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ "New Zealand New Years Honours 2006". Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. 1 January 2006. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  3. ^ Chapman, Grant (4 August 2023). "Rugby: Former All Blacks captain, NZ Rugby president Tane Norton dies, aged 81". Newshub. Retrieved 4 August 2023.
  4. ^ "Ex-All Blacks warriors Tane Norton and Bill Bush honoured with carving". Stuff. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2024.
  5. ^ "Former All Blacks captain Tane Norton dies, aged 81". Stuff. 4 August 2023. Retrieved 4 August 2023.
  6. ^ "Rangitane Norton obituary". The Press. 5 August 2023. Retrieved 5 August 2023.
Sporting positions
Preceded by All Blacks Captain
Succeeded by
Preceded by Tom French Memorial
Māori rugby union player of the year

1973, 1974
Succeeded by