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Legendary Ron Ackland passes away<br /> Saturday 26 October 2013 12:45 PM <br /> <br /> New Zealand rugby league has lost one of its true legends after former Kiwi Ron Ackland (pictured) passed away last night following heart surgery.<br /> <br /> A foundation Vodafone Warriors member (WARR-2446942), Ackland was lauded as one of the game’s most exceptional talents throughout his playing career in the 1950s and 1960s.<br /> <br /> A second rower who combined physical presence with uncommon power, pace and skill, he was an automatic choice in the New Zealand Rugby League Team of the Century named in 2007 as well as being an inaugural inductee in the NZRL Legends of League in 1995 and being named in the Auckland Rugby League Immortals in 1990.<br /> <br /> Ackland, who was 78, became Kiwi No 354 when he made his debut in the centres in 1954 before going on to carve out a reputation as one of the all-time greats. He captained the Kiwis in 1961, played at the 1957 and 1960 World Cup tournaments and also coached the national side from 1976-1978.<br /> <br /> During his playing days Ackland had the distinction of being involved in three Test wins against Australia including a rare Kiwi success in Sydney in 1959. That he should be restricted to 18 Tests was due to injury and also missing the long-form tour of Britain and France in 1961.<br /> <br /> After finishing his Test career in 1963 he moved into coaching, first with Goulburn and Inverell in Australia before returning home to coach Mount Wellington in the mid-1970s, and doing so with singular success. Building his side around the outstanding Sorensen brothers Dane and Kurt, Ackland guided the side to victory in Auckland’s Fox Memorial grand final in 1976.<br /> <br /> He also became Kiwi coach that year but his tenure coincided with a period when the Kiwis were in the doldrums, a time when they went 12 years and 14 straight Tests (1971-1983) without a single win against Australia.<br /> <br /> New Zealand rugby league historian John Coffey wrote Greymouth’s sole Test, the 20-14 victory over Great Britain in 195



Legendary Ron Ackland passes away

Updated Oct 26, 2013
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Legendary Ron Ackland passes away
Saturday 26 October 2013 12:45 PM

New Zealand rugby league has lost one of its true legends after former Kiwi Ron Ackland (pictured) passed away last night following heart surgery.

A foundation Vodafone Warriors member (WARR-2446942), Ackland was lauded as one of the game’s most exceptional talents throughout his playing career in the 1950s and 1960s.

A second rower who combined physical presence with uncommon power, pace and skill, he was an automatic choice in the New Zealand Rugby League Team of the Century named in 2007 as well as being an inaugural inductee in the NZRL Legends of League in 1995 and being named in the Auckland Rugby League Immortals in 1990.

Ackland, who was 78, became Kiwi No 354 when he made his debut in the centres in 1954 before going on to carve out a reputation as one of the all-time greats. He captained the Kiwis in 1961, played at the 1957 and 1960 World Cup tournaments and also coached the national side from 1976-1978.

During his playing days Ackland had the distinction of being involved in three Test wins against Australia including a rare Kiwi success in Sydney in 1959. That he should be restricted to 18 Tests was due to injury and also missing the long-form tour of Britain and France in 1961.

After finishing his Test career in 1963 he moved into coaching, first with Goulburn and Inverell in Australia before returning home to coach Mount Wellington in the mid-1970s, and doing so with singular success. Building his side around the outstanding Sorensen brothers Dane and Kurt, Ackland guided the side to victory in Auckland’s Fox Memorial grand final in 1976.

He also became Kiwi coach that year but his tenure coincided with a period when the Kiwis were in the doldrums, a time when they went 12 years and 14 straight Tests (1971-1983) without a single win against Australia.

New Zealand rugby league historian John Coffey wrote Greymouth’s sole Test, the 20-14 victory over Great Britain in 195
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