Local great farewelled
by Ann van Engelen
Stanley Frank ‘Tiny’ Hill, M.B.E. Reg. No’s. 818397, 32867, WO1 (Rtd) S.F. Hill, RNZA), All Black No 574 and Rolleston Rugby Football Club Patron died on Wednesday October 2, aged 92.
Stanley was the much loved husband of the late Marge, loved Dad of Gay, Stan, and John and Yvonne. Loved Poppa of his five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
“Born and raised in New Plymouth, Tiny made his All Black debut in the third test against the Wallabies in 1955,” said Rolleston Rugby Football Club vice president Nicky Ruki.
“He served in the NZ Army for 30 years and played rugby at provincial level for Canterbury and Counties. Tiny played 19 games with the All Blacks, 11 were tests between 1955-1959. He was later an All Blacks selector and coached Canterbury. He was made a member of the Order of the British Empire for services to rugby in 1996.
“Tiny was involved with Rolleston Rugby since the early 80s and brought rugby back to become its own identity in Rolleston. The Club was honoured that he accepted the role of Patron and Life member as his experience, knowledge and passion assisted with guiding the club to where we are today. He rarely missed a home game and weekly supported the young children, passed on words of wisdom to the senior players and attended our senior prize givings presenting the awards.
“Number 574 has left the field, he will be sadly missed by us all. Tiny was a true legend and a man of great mana and standing.”
A celebration of Tiny’s life was being held as The Record went to press.