31 Jan 2010

Rugby commentator Bob Irvine dies

1:29 pm on 31 January 2010

Rugby commentator and broadcaster Bob Irvine has died at the age of 83.

Dubbed the fastest voice in sports commentating, Bob Irvine first covered an All Black test in 1960, in South Africa.

His last major assignment as All Black commentator was the 1972-73 tour of the United Kingdom.

He took over the role from the legendary Winston McCarthy - his boyhood inspiration - in a career which began as an announcer at the age of 21 for the 2ZB station.

Bob Irvine came from a strong rugby family. His father "Bull" Irvine was a member of the 1924 Invincibles All Black team and his brother Ian became an All Black in 1952.

Rugby was not his only commentating role - he also covered the 1953 royal tour of New Zealand and the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.