RIP Barry “Bear” Thomas (21st July 1937 - 5th January 2018)

Auckland Rugby are saddened to hear of the passing of Auckland Cap #876, Barry “Bear” Thomas earlier today (5th January 2018).

Barry played 86 games for Auckland from 1958 to 1967, scoring one try for three points, and was a stalwart of an Auckland side who experienced considerable success during a fine Ranfurly Shield era from 1960-63.

Thomas also represented the All Blacks on four occasions from 1962-64, and later returned to coach at the Manukau club, as well as being a prominent worker within the Barbarians.

Barry Thomas made a considerable contribution to rugby at all levels within Auckland and throughout New Zealand; Auckland Rugby’s condolences go out to the Thomas family at this time.


*Photo: New Zealand Barbarians

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