Tana Umaga pays personal tribute to Jock Hobbs

Firstly our thoughts are with Nikki and the family for their loss of a very special man.  New Zealand rugby has  lost an important person, a great person and a strong leader with great integrity.  Jock understood and valued all the members of the rugby community. He brought leadership and understanding of business, sponsorship, high performance, participation and the importance of fellowship and enjoyment to all of the roles he held. Jock stepped up and saved New Zealand Rugby at the commencement of the professional era and once again at the bid for the Rugby World Cup. He leaves a gap which will be very hard to fill as it is not often you come across someone of Jock’s capability to cross all divides.

Photo courtesy off the All Blacks / Marc Weakley