Wallabies legend Brockhoff dies
June 17, 2011
Brockhoff won eight Test caps for the Wallabies during his playing career © Getty Images
Former Australia international and coach David Brockhoff has died aged 83.
The former flanker appeared 26 times for the Wallabies between 1949 and 1953, including eight Tests, and later coached the national side for six consecutive years between 1974 and 1979. He also played for New South Wales between 1949 and 1954, was elected as a life member of the Australian Rugby Union in 2004 and was anointed as one of the game's statesmen last year.
During his time as a player, Brockhoff shared in Australia's Bledisloe Cup-winning-series success in New Zealand in 1949, appearing in 10 of the 12 matches as well as both Tests of a series that the Wallabies won 2-0. He also featured on the tour of South Africa in 1953, appearing in 10 of the 27 games but missing out on selection in the Test side.
Born in Sydney's Rose Bay, Brockhoff was educated at The Scots College and later joined Sydney University where he would rack up 95 appearances before joining Eastern Suburbs in 1953 - both of whom he would also later coach. His tenure as Wallabies coach concluded with a memorable 12-6 victory over New Zealand in a one-off Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground to regain the Bledisloe Cup. That win saw Australia to secure the silverware for the first time since Brockhoff had featured as a player in the 1949 success in New Zealand.
More recently, Brockhoff was a regular at both Wallabies and Waratahs training sessions, as well as a familiar face at the airport when either side was returning from an overseas tour.
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