Andy Haden is confirmed dead at the age of 69.
Andy was best known as a New Zealand rugby union player (Auckland).
Andy Haden
Birth nameAndrew Maxwell Haden
Date of birth (1950-10-26) 26 October 1950 (age 69)
Place of birthWanganui, New Zealand
Date of death2020
Height1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight112 kg (247 lb)
SchoolWanganui Boys' College
Rugby union career
All Black No.716
National team(s)
1972–1985New Zealand41(8)
Andrew Maxwell Haden (born 26 September 1950) is a former New Zealand rugby union player, who was a lock for Auckland and New Zealand in the 1970s and 1980s.
Life and career
Born in Wanganui and educated at Wanganui Boys' College, Haden made his All Black debut in 1972, and his Test debut against the British Lions in 1977, going on to make 41 Test appearances and scoring two tries. He played club rugby for Auckland, Harlequins in London and Algida Rome in Italy. One of Haden's All Black jerseys sits on display at his former high school, now known as Whanganui City College.
Haden was a controversial player, who was accused of cheating and unsporting conduct by opposing players. The most infamous occurrence of this happened in a match against Wales at Cardiff Arms Park in 1978. The score was 12–10 in Wales's favour, when Haden and another New Zealand player, Frank Oliver, suddenly fell to the ground as if pushed. The referee awarded a penalty in the dying moments of the match, which Brian McKechnie kicked, winning the game for New Zealand. Later, Welsh legend JPR Williams wrote that Haden should have been sent off. Despite the controversy however, the referee subsequently stated that the penalty had actually been awarded for an actual infringement against Oliver and not the Haden 'dive' as was thought. Haden doesn't however deny that the attempts to cheat the referee were pre-planned, something also confirmed by his captain Graham Mourie. The match happened on the same day as the annual 'Miss World' competition, which prompted Welsh cartoonist Grens to create a picture of the 'Miss World' event, but with Miss New Zealand lying on the floor, pretending to have been pushed. Haden made his last Test appearance in 1985 against Argentina.
Haden was an agent for various celebrities. In 2010 he was given the honorary position of Rugby World Cup Ambassador, but resigned the post after making controversial statements about a racial quota he alleged the Canterbury Crusaders to be operating, calling Polynesians "darkies", and then suggesting women raped by sports stars may be partly to blame.
In 2003, Haden announced that he was beginning chemotherapy for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.
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