Bill Osborne

​(1955 – ) | Rugby

Bill Osborne

Inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

A powerful mid-field world class inside back who played 48 matches, including 16 tests, for New Zealand between 1975 and 1982.

He started his international career against Scotland in 1975 at Auckland in the water-logged test and also played against South Africa, the British Isles, France, England, Ireland and Wales, scoring 10 tries.

Osborne, who started his first-class career for Whanganui as an 18-year-old, played for New Zealand Maoris in 1975-77-78, NZ Colts in 1974, the North Island in 1975-80-84 and was a New Zealand triallist three times.

From the Kaierau club, he played 81 times for Whanganui between 1973-1984, for Whanganui-King Country in 1977 and for Waikato in 1985-86. 

Wanganui Sportsman of the Year in 1975 and 1977.

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