Andy Haden

Andy Haden
Date of birth (1950-10-26) 26 October 1950
Place of birth Wanganui
Height 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 112 kg (247 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
New Zealand No. 716
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1972–1985  New Zealand 117 (32)

Andrew Maxwell Haden (born 26 September 1950) is a former New Zealand rugby union player, who was a lock-forward for Auckland and New Zealand in the 1970s and 1980s.

Life and career

Born in Wanganui, New Zealand, he made his All Black debut in 1972, and his Test debut against the British Lions in 1977 – going on to make 41 appearances and scoring 2 tries. He played club rugby for Auckland, Harlequins in London and Algida Rome in Italy.

Haden was a controversial player, who was accused of cheating and unsporting conduct by opposing players. The most infamous occurrence of this happened in a match against Wales at Cardiff Arms Park in 1978. The score was 12–10 in Wales's favour, when Haden and another New Zealand player, Frank Oliver, suddenly fell to the ground as if pushed.[1] The referee awarded a penalty in the dying moments of the match, which Brian McKechnie kicked, winning the game for New Zealand. Later, Welsh legend JPR Williams wrote that Haden should have been sent off. Despite the controversy however, the referee subsequently stated that the penalty had actually been awarded for an actual infringement against Oliver and not the Haden 'dive' as was thought. Haden doesn't however deny that the attempts to cheat the referee were pre planned, something also confirmed by his captain Graham Mourie. The match happened on the same day as the annual 'Miss World' competition, which prompted Welsh cartoonist Grens to create a picture of the 'Miss World' event, but with Miss New Zealand lying on the floor, pretending to have been pushed. Haden made his last Test appearance in 1985 against Argentina.

In 2003, Andy announced that he was fighting cancer after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.[2]

He is currently an agent for various celebrities. In 2010 Haden was given the honorary position of Rugby World Cup Ambassador, but resigned this post after making controversial statements about a racial quota he alleged the Canterbury Crusaders to be operating, calling Polynesians "darkies", and then suggesting women raped by sports stars may be partly to blame.[3][4]


  1. Deane, Steve (7 November 2008). "Rugby's 10 worst refereeing howlers". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  2. "Rugby: Former All Black Haden fighting cancer". The New Zealand Herald. 22 September 2003. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  3. Derek Cheng and Rachel Tiffen (10 July 2010). "Haden to be axed for rape comments". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  4. "Haden resigns as RWC ambassador". The New Zealand Herald. 10 July 2010.

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