Rugby notables turnout for coach

TIM DONOGHUE
Last updated 11:54 01/03/2013
Bill Freeman
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PALLBEARERS: Rugby notables carry the body of their former coach Bill Freeman - Robert Gray (front left), Brian Coulter (second left), Graham Williams (front right), Mattie Blackburn (centre right). Two family friends, John Bocock, back left, and Brad Coote, also acted as pallbearers.

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The funeral service for well known Wellington rugby coach and Molesworth Street bookseller Bill Freeman was held at Old St Paul's in Murphy Street, Wellington today.

Mr Freeman coached the Wellington team which defeated the Springboks by 23-6 on Athletic Park on July 3, 1965 in the greatest win by a Wellington team.

Two of the players who played in that match acted as pallbearers when Mr Freeman's body was carried in to the church this morning - they were Brian Coulter and Graham Williams.

Other high profile former rugby players who were coached by Freeman and who acted as pallbearers were Robert Gray and Mattie Blackburn.

Nev MacEwan, a former All Black, Wellington representative player and Athletic Football Club lock, delivered a tribute at the service.

Contact Tim Donoghue
General reporter
Email: tim.donoghue@dompost.co.nz

Twitter: @timdonoghuenz

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