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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Ian Hastie: A winner for New Zealand and Scotland

He was better known as a champion darts player in New Zealand in the 1970s, but across the other side of the world Ian Hastie was a Scotland rugby international whose greatest sporting moment was scoring the winning try at Murrayfield in 1958 to beat France 11-8.

Ian Robert Hastie died at Hutt Hospital on 7 April aged 79. He had been a resident of the Hutt Valley since 1968.

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While he had played darts with some success in his native Scotland, winning the Scottish British Legion singles and pairs in Aberdeen in 1965, it was in New Zealand that Ian Hastie's second major sports career blossomed.

In his very first year in New Zealand he had won the Southland singles in 1967 and went on to take the Hutt Valley singles in 1970, the first of several other Hutt Valley titles. He first played for his adopted country in 1973 and the following year won the New Zealand mixed pairs, then the national pairs titles in 1976 and 1979. (full article...)
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