New Zealand Rugby pays tribute to Ian Irvine     07 Nov 2013    

Ian Bruce Irvine was born on 6 March 1929 in Carterton. A powerful and mobile hooker, who was noted for his ability to secure his fair share of ball, Irvine made his Test debut in 1952 against Australia, in what was to be his only match in black.
Irvine played for North Auckland between 1949 and 1953, turning out for them 31 times from the Whangarei HSOB Club. His first class appearances included international matches against the visiting British and Irish Lions (1950) and Australian (1952) sides.

Following his retirement from playing, he remained involved with the game, helping out with the coaching of club sides in the region and was involved in the formation of the Northland Vikings in 1957. He remained a keen supporter of the All Blacks.

He was one of a small group of father/son pairs to have played for the All Blacks. His father Bill Irvine was an All Black from 1926-1930 and played in 27 matches on the Invincibles’ 30-match tour.

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