Tiny Hill (rugby union)

Stanley Frank "Tiny" Hill MBE (9 April 1927 – 2 October 2019) was a New Zealand international rugby union player and selector. A lock and flanker, Hill represented Canterbury and Counties at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, from 1955 to 1959. He played 19 matches for the All Blacks, two of which were as captain, including 11 internationals. After retiring as a player, Hill served as New Zealand Army and Canterbury selector, and as an All Black selector from 1981 to 1986.[1]

Tiny Hill

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Stanley Frank Hill

(1927-04-09)9 April 1927
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Died2 October 2019(2019-10-02) (aged 92)
Rolleston, New Zealand
EducationOkato Primary School
RelativesStan Hill (son)
John Hill (son)
Rugby career
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight94 kg (207 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
All Black No. 574
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1955–59 New Zealand 11 (0)

In the 1996 New Year Honours, Hill was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to rugby.[2] His sons Stan and John were both New Zealand basketball representatives.[1]

Hill died in Rolleston on 2 October 2019.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c Luxford, Bob. "Tiny Hill". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  2. ^ "No. 54256". The London Gazette (2nd supplement). 30 December 1995. p. 34.
  3. ^ "Rugby: All Blacks legend Tiny Hill dies at age 92". New Zealand Herald. 2 October 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.