On behalf of the family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jock Hobbs this afternoon.
Statement from Mike Eagle, New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) Chairman:
“It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of an incredible New Zealander.
“Our hearts and love go out to Jock’s wife Nicky, his children Emily, Michael, Penny and Isabelle, as well as his wider family.
“New Zealand has lost an inspirational leader with an incredible passion for the game of rugby and the part it plays in our lives.
“I know many New Zealanders will join us in expressing their sorrow at his passing.”
NZRU Chief Executive Steve Tew added:
“Rugby has lost a great friend. We will all miss his integrity, dogged determination and incredible sense of justice.”
The Hobbs family said:
“Our family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support we have received over the last week and in particular, express our gratitude to all the staff at Wellington Hospital that were involved in Jock’s care.”