Former All Black, Otago, and Southern RFC legend Gary Seear has passed away in Christchurch today after a long battle with illness. He was 65.
Gary was part of the strong Southern teams of the 70’s and 80’s who won many club championships. He was picked in the Premier team straight out of Bayfield HS as a lock, which was extremely unusual in those days of experienced, veteran forwards, Otago quickly saw his potential and he was selected to play for the province as a 19 year old. He went on to play 116 games for Otago as a lock or No 8.
For the All Blacks his mobility and lineout prowess allowed him to convert to a no 8 where he played all of his 12 test matches for the All Blacks. He played a total of 34 matches for the All Blacks from 1976-79.
The Southern Rugby Club offers our sincere condolences to Gary’s wife Julie and family.
Welcome to the upcoming rugby season.
Club Contact details –
Club Captain: Gareth Woodhouse (Woody) 027 440 1142
Premier Coach: Paul Miller 027 462 7006
Colts Coach/ Coordinator: Caleb Mitchell 027 427 4236
Club Teams (Final player number dependent)
Preseason Games and Trials Southern RFC 2018
Preseason Training (6pm Tues & Thurs)
Starts on Thursday 8th February and will run every Tuesday and Thursday thereafter at Bathgate Park.
Tom Hart our Premier trainer will be running the sessions. Transport available from the student area (contact Caleb).
Colts Internal Trial, Bathgate Park No 2 @ 1:00pm
Premiers vs Taieri , PJ Park @ 2:00pm
Colts 1 vs Jockey RFC (Argentina), Bathgate Park No2 @1:00pm
Colts 2 vs Jockey RFC, Bathgate Park No2 @ 2:30pm
Premiers vs Alhambra Union, North Ground @ 6:15pm
Colts 1 vs Alhambra Union, Logan Park @6:15pm
Colts 2 vs OBHS Logan Park @ 6:15pm
Premier Season starts today
Colts 1 vs Southland Boys, Wakatipu Ground Queenstown @ 1:00pm (TBC)
Colts 1 vs Dunedin, Kettle Park @ 6:15pm (TBC)
Colts 2 vs Dunedin, Kettle Park @ 6:15pm (TBC)