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Marist hardman Frank Oliver passes away

All Black Legend, captain and hard man, Frank Oliver passed away yesterday aged 65. Oliver played 43 matches for the All Blacks, which included 17 Test caps.

Dunedin-born, Oliver's career started in Southland with Invercargill Marist. He played 64 games for Southland in 1976-77, eight for Otago from the Tokomairiro club in 1978-79, and 54 for Manawatu from 1980 to 1983 from Palmerston North Marist, retiring from the game aged 34.

After coaching in the grades for Marist, he took over the Marist seniors with Bill Gleeson and won the Hankins Shield in 1992. Oliver also coached the Hurricanes, Blues, Central Vikings, Manawatu and the NZ U19s in 1993-94.

One of his philosophies was if one of his teams suffered a heavy loss, the same XV was sent out the next week to put it right.

Until his death, Frank was still running his sawmill business just outside Palmerston North.

The NZ Marist community's thoughts and prayers are with the Oliver family at this time.

Frank Oliver