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Former New Zealand captain Frank Oliver has died at the age of 65

Last Updated: 17/03/14 10:36pm

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Frank Oliver: Former New Zealand captain pictured during his spell as Blues coach in 2001

Frank Oliver: Former New Zealand captain pictured during his spell as Blues coach in 2001

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Former New Zealand captain Frank Oliver has died at the age of 65.

Oliver, whose cause of death was not immediately disclosed, played 17 Tests and 43 matches for the All Blacks between 1976 and 1981.

He featured in a total of 213 first-class games at lock, including 54 for Manawatu and 64 for Southland province.

He captained New Zealand in three Tests against Australia in 1978 and once against the North and Midland of Scotland on tour later that year.

Oliver was the first coach of the Wellington-based Hurricanes in Super Rugby, guiding them from their formation in 1996 until 1999, and later coached the Auckland-based Blues.

Manawatu chief executive John Knowles said: "It is a very sad day for our union in losing one of Manawatu's greatest players.

"He was one of New Zealand's tough men of rugby, both as a player and as a coach.

"The province will feel this loss immensely and our sympathy and condolences are extended to his family."

His son Anton Oliver, 38, has also played 54 Tests for New Zealand and captained the All Blacks 10 times.

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