Legendary All Black ‘Super Sid’ Going dies at the age of 80

David Skippers
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Sid Going during New Zealand's tour of the United Kingdom in 1972/73 and in action for the All Blacks against the Barbarians in 1974.

New Zealand rugby was left in mourning this weekend after learning of the death of legendary All Blacks scrum-half Sid Going at the age of 80.

Nicknamed “Super Sid”, Going represented New Zealand in 29 internationals and 57 games between 1967 and 1977, including five as captain and he scored 10 tries at Test level.

Going also played in 110 matches for North Auckland, who are now known as Northland, and the provincial union announced Going’s passing on Friday on social media.

“It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our province’s Sid Going,” said the Northland Rugby Union via a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Fondly remembered

“Together, from Te Kao to Mahurangi, from our North Auckland days and across the country, we will respectfully mourn his passing, but also remember all that he has given to our game of rugby.”

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Mark Robinson led the tributes, saying: “It’s incredibly sad to hear of Sid’s passing. He was a dynamic player and one of the greatest halfbacks in All Blacks history.

“He had an immense pride in wearing the All Blacks jersey and representing New Zealand Māori, something which greatly endeared him to fans. We send our condolences and aroha to his family and loved ones.”

Going was regarded as one of the all-time greats of New Zealand rugby. He was highly regarded throughout the world and built a reputation as a genuine match-winner.

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He was extremely popular around the world and played the game in an entertaining way with a running style of rugby that New Zealand are renowned for today.

“Sid was a special player and man in our game,” said All Blacks head coach Scott Robertson. “He lit up the field with his ability and energy. He lit up people’s hearts up off it – that was his trademark.”

The Going name was written into Northland rugby folklore due to the Ranfurly Shield-winning displays of Sid and his brothers Ken and Brian during the 1970s.

Sid represented the province 43 times, while Ken also became an All Black in 1974.

“My words will not come close to evoking the mana that Sid holds within our province,” said Northland Rugby chief executive Cameron Bell.

‘We will respectfully mourn his passing’

“Together, from Te Kau to Mahurangi from our North Auckland days, and across the country we will respectfully mourn his passing, but also remember all that he has given our game of rugby.”

Apart from his feats at provincial and international level, Going also represented the New Zealand Māori team over a 12-year period and was awarded the Tom French Cup on three occasions.

Going retired from first-class rugby in 1978 and coached Northland from 1993 to 1996.

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