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Passing of former All Black Ray Moreton mourned by New Zealand Rugby

allblacks.com     23 Jul 2016    

 
Raymond Claude Moreton was born on 30 January 1942 in Dunedin. Bell, who was a quick and powerful midfield back, made his All Blacks debut in 1962 in Australia. He played 12 matches for the All Blacks, including seven Tests and scored 24 points, including a dropped goal.

"It is with sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Ray Moreton," said New Zealand Rugby Chairman Brent Impey.
 
"Ray will be fondly remembered around New Zealand, in particular the Southland rugby community from which he originated and the Canterbury and Universities communities that he represented with pride. Ray made a significant contribution to rugby as a player and coach. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time."

Moreton was a teenager when he made his provincial debut in 1961 for Southland, from the High School Old Boys club, having excelled in both rugby and cricket (he represented Otago at age grade level in the latter). A shift north in 1962 to study accounting at Canterbury University saw him called up for his first All Blacks trial and make his All Blacks debut in Brisbane against Queensland. Three months later he made his first Test match appearance, against Australia in Wellington.

Injury and competition for midfield places saw Bell's appearances at international limited over the next two seasons although he played in all three Tests against Australia in 1964 and in two further Tests against the Springboks in 1965. Moreton retired from rugby after 1965 to focus on accountancy.

In 1962 Moreton had also made his debut for New Zealand Universities, earning selection again in 1964 and 1965. Following his retirement from playing, he coached at the University Club in Christchurch and was a South Island Universities selector in the mid-1970s, before moving to Auckland.

Moreton received his All Blacks cap in 2009, when New Zealand Rugby retrospectively presented caps to All Blacks who had made their Test debuts between 1946 and 1996.

For more information, view his profile on allblacks.com