Legendary All Black Sid Going Passes Away at 80

Legendary All Black rugby player, Sid Going, known as “Super Sid,” has passed away at the age of 80 at his home in Paihia. Going was a remarkable figure in the world of rugby, known for his exceptional skills on the field and his humble demeanor off the field.

Sid Going’s legacy in rugby is unparalleled. He was a key player for the All Blacks, scoring 33 tries and earning a reputation as one of the best tacklers in the game. His contributions to Northland sport were immense, leading to numerous accolades such as being awarded an MBE and being inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.

Born and raised on a farm in Maromaku, Going’s journey to rugby stardom was unexpected. Despite his humble beginnings, he rose to become a dominant force on the field, earning the nickname “Super Sid” for his exceptional playing style.

Throughout his career, Going faced numerous challenges and opponents, but his determination and skill always shone through. His impact on the game of rugby was profound, inspiring generations of players to come.

Sid Going’s passing is a great loss to the rugby community. He will be remembered as a true legend of the sport, whose legacy will continue to inspire future generations of rugby players.

Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.

By Bob Howitt, Central Otago Rugby Writer