Former All Black coach passes away - Ruck

Former All Black coach passes away

New Zealand’s rugby community is mourning the loss of former All Blacks head coach Eric Watson, who passed away on Saturday 25 March, aged 91.

Eric Alexander Watson, who was known to many in rugby circles as Bugle, was born on 20 July 1925 in Dunedin and became head coach of the All Blacks in 1979 after long stints with Otago and the Junior All Blacks.

“It is with real sadness that we mark the passing of Eric Watson,” New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey told the All Blacks’ official website.


“Eric made a huge contribution as head hoach of the All Blacks, Junior All Blacks and Otago and was a big part of rugby for a long time. He remained a stalwart supporter of rugby after retiring, continuing to turn out on the sidelines for many years.

“We know that he will be fondly remembered around New Zealand this week and in particular by the Otago community and the players he coached. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”