Former All Blacks, Canterbury halfback Bruce Deans dies aged 58

Former All Blacks halfback Bruce Deans has died aged 58, after a battle with cancer.

Deans, who played 10 Tests, died late last night.

He was the brother of former Crusaders and Wallabies coach, Robbie Deans.

The halfback was a key figure of Canterbury's dominant reign of the early 80s, holding the Ranfurly Shield from 1982-85.

Deans was a member of the All Blacks' squad that lifted the 1987 Rugby World Cup, although did not play, stuck behind captain David Kirk in the pecking order.

Bruce Deans
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