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My Bone Marrow Transplant

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

New Zealand All Black player and rugby administrator died today of non-Hogkins Lymphona.

“Jock Hobbs, the former All Black who helped convince All Black players not to break away in the mid-1990s and then helped win hosting rights for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, has died, aged 52.

The former All Blacks captain and New Zealand Rugby Union chairman died in hospital today.

He was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2006.¬†Complications arose soon after he completed chemotherapy in 2010. Eight months later he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which required more aggressive treatment, and he was forced to resign as NZRU chairman as well as chairman of Rugby NZ 2011, which organised the World Cup.”

I saw Jock Hobbs present Ritchie McCaw with his 100th Test cap before one of their RWC games last year and thought then “cancer”. Bald, puffy faced, a bit frail, he had all the signs. RIP.

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