Former All Blacks captain and New Zealand Rugby Union chairman Jock Hobbs has died. Hobbs had been battling leukaemia since late 2009 and was admitted to Wellington Hospital last week in a critical condition. His family has released a statement saying "it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jock Hobbs this afternoon.
"Our family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support we have received over the last week and in particular, express our gratitude to all the staff at Wellington Hospital that were involved in Jock's care." The 52-year-old was influential in bringing the 2011 Rugby World Cup to New Zealand in his role as NZRU chairman and was chairman of the organising committee for the tournament. In 2010 he resigned from the NZRU to focus on his health, but was involved with the tournament, presenting All Blacks Richie McCaw and Mils Muliaina with their caps after playing their 100th Test matches. Hobbs played 21 Tests for the All Blacks at flanker between 1983 and 1986 and was a stalwart for Canterbury throughout the 1980s. Hobbs leaves behind his wife Nicky and four children - Michael, Penny, Isabella and Emily.
Davenport 7s and 15s All American JP Eloff has reshuffled his school schedule to be available for the next couple of tournaments, and we caught up with him at the Olympic Training Center to talk about the 7s setup.
On Sunday March 11, Stanford Rugby participated in the San Jose 408K ‘Race To The Row’ benefiting the Pat Tillman Foundation. In partnership with Try For Others (TFO), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping critically injured athletes live a more active and independent lifestyle, Stanford Rugby had over 100 club members represent Team TFO at the inaugural 8K race.
The event, which Stanford Rugby used as a fundraiser, raised nearly $15,000 to support their program and adopted charities. Through Team TFO, Stanford Rugby helped sponsor a field of disabled athletes to race alongside the team, including a number of injured military veterans.
“Try For Others was thrilled to have so many Stanford Rugby players represent Team TFO at the 408K,” said TFO Founder Dominic Cooke. “Through their support, we were able to provide opportunities for challenged athletes to defy stereotypes and challenge their limitations."
The sold-out race began at the HP Pavilion in downtown San Jose before finishing at the beautiful Santana Row. Stanford Head Coach, Matt Sherman, hopes his players will draw inspiration from the disabled athletes and Pat Tillman’s example.
"Stanford Rugby was honored to participate in the 408K benefitting the Pat Tillman Foundation,” said Sherman. “Pat sacrificed so much to pursue a mission much bigger than himself. It was with this same mentality that Stanford Rugby came together to support his legacy and Team TFO.”
Those interested in supporting Stanford Rugby with their fundraising efforts can still make donations at www.teamtfo.org.
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