Brian McKechnie

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Brian McKechnie
Birth name Brian John McKechnie
Date of birth (1953-11-06) 6 November 1953 (age 65)
Place of birth Gore, New Zealand
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 79 kg (12 st 6 lb)
School Southland Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) First five-eighth, fullback
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Invercargill Star ()
Correct as of 23 January 2007
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Southland ()
Correct as of 23 January 2007
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1977–1981 New Zealand 26 [10 tests] (148 [2t, 22c, 28p, 4dg])
Correct as of 23 January 2007
Cricket information
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 21) 7 June 1975 v East Africa
Last ODI 1 February 1981 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1971–1986 Otago
Career statistics
Competition ODI FC LA
Matches 14 50 26
Runs scored 54 1,169 168
Batting average 13.50 13.26 14.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/2 0/0
Top score 27 51 32
Balls bowled 818 8,154 1,450
Wickets 19 100 32
Bowling average 26.05 30.65 24.93
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 3/23 4/24 3/23
Catches/stumpings 2/- 24/– 3/–
Source: Cricinfo, 2 May 2017

Brian John McKechnie (born 6 November 1953) was a "double All Black" - representing New Zealand in both rugby union and cricket.

Rugby career

He played 26 matches for the All Blacks as a first five-eighth and fullback, most memorably being the player to kick the winning penalty goal against Wales in 1978 when Andy Haden dived out off a lineout near full-time and was apparently awarded a penalty (the referee later said the penalty was for a completely separate incident and was clearly visible in video footage) which would secure the "Grand Slam" for the All Blacks against the home country unions.

Cricketing career

As a cricketer, McKechnie was an economical right-arm pace bowler and useful lower-order batsman who played 14 one day games for the Black Caps, including the 1975 and 1979 World Cup tournaments in England. His last match for New Zealand was the infamous "underarm match" against Australia in 1981, when McKechnie was the batsman who faced Trevor Chappell's underarm delivery in the final ball of the match, throwing his bat away in rage after blocking the delivery. McKechnie represented Otago in domestic competitions from 1971–72 to 1985–86. He later served on the national selection panel.[1][2][3][4]

Beyond sports

With Lynn McConnell, he wrote McKechnie: Double All Black: An Autobiography (Craigs, Invercargill) in 1983.[5]


  1. ^ "Grim prophecy fulfilled". Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Underhand, underarm". Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Australia v New Zealand 1980-81". Cricinfo. 4 February 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Cricket Photos | Global | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  5. ^ Nat Lib of NZ[permanent dead link] Retrieved 1 December 2012.

External links

  • Brian McKechnie at ESPNcricinfo
  • Brian McKechnie at
  • Swanton, Will (23 January 2006). "25 years along, Kiwi bat sees funnier side of it". Cricket. The Age. Retrieved 27 June 2006.
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