Rugby greats to farewell Oliver

23:00, Mar 19 2014
Frank Oliver
LEGEND: Then Hurricanes coach Frank Oliver walks the sideline as the Hurricanes win their first Super 12 game against the Bulls in Palmerston North in 1999.

Hundreds of people, including rugby identities from around the country, are expected to farewell All Black great Frank Oliver at his funeral in Palmerston North this weekend.

Oliver's funeral will be held in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on Broadway Ave at 12pm on Saturday.

His sudden death overnight on Sunday shocked the Manawatu community, where he had lived for 34 years.

One of the rugged men of the game in the late 70s and 80s, Oliver died at his home in the city, aged 65.

He played 43 matches for the All Blacks, including 17 tests, and was captain in three tests in the 1978 home series against Australia when Graham Mourie was injured. He went on to coach the Hurricanes and Manawatu.

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