New Zealand Rugby mourns the loss of Ross Brown     21 May 2014

Ross Handley Brown was born on 8 September 1934 in New Plymouth. An athletic and versatile back, Brown made his Test debut aged 20 years and played in 25 All Blacks matches between 1955 and 1962, including 16 Tests.

Able to play at first and second five-eighth as well as centre, Brown scored 27 points for the All Blacks, including seven tries and two dropped goals, a form of pointsscoring for which he became famous. In 1958 - three years after his international debut - Brown joined New Zealand Under 23 for that team's tour of Hong Kong and Japan.

A proud Taranaki man, Brown played for the amber and blacks from 1953 to 1968, which included the team's impressive 1957-59 tenure as Ranfurly Shield holders. He later became a Taranaki selector.

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew today paid tribute to the contribution that Brown made to rugby.

"Ross was an excellent rugby player and a proud national representative. The All Blacks jersey is held in immense respect around the world and it was men like Ross that helped earn that respect. He enjoyed a lengthy and successful playing career and continued to contribute to rugby in Taranaki after hanging up his boots.

"While we continue to acknowledge and remember that wonderful contribution, today our thoughts are very much with Ross's family and the Taranaki rugby community," Tew said.

Brown was one of a small group of father/son pairs to have played for the All Blacks. His father Handley Brown was an All Black from 1924-26 and played in 18 matches on the Invincibles' 30-match tour, while his uncle Henry Brown was also an All Black.

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