Auckland Rugby Mourns the Loss of Snow White


It is with sadness that Auckland Rugby has learned our most capped player, Snow White, has passed away this morning.

Hallard Leo White, known as Snow, was born on 27 March 1929 in Kawakawa. 

The prop played for the Northcote club and debuted for Auckland in 1949. He went on to play 196 times in the blue and white hoops, a record that still stands today and is unlikely to be surpassed.

His All Blacks debut came in 1953, he played 16 matches, including four Tests. He later served as President of both the Auckland and New Zealand Rugby Unions.

White was a key member of the Auckland team who defended the Ranfurly Shield a record 25 times between 1960 and 1963, that record only bettered by the Auckland side of the 1980s.  

“The fact that Snow is still the most capped Auckland player is a reflection of the durability of man,” said Auckland Rugby CEO Andy Dalton. 

“He was a wonderful gentleman and a great supporter of wider game and community, he was attending Auckland matches he recently as last year.”

On hanging up his boots, he coached at the Northcote club and was assistant coach for Auckland. 

White was 87.

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