14 Dec 2008

Former All Blacks prop John Drake dies suddenly

12:18 pm on 14 December 2008

The World Cup-winning former All Blacks prop John Drake has died suddenly at his home in Mount Manganui, after collapsing beside the swimming pool.

Drake, who was 49 and also a Sky Sport commentator, played eight tests and was a member of the 1987 world cup winning side.

He retired at the end of the 1987 season when he was only 28.