Born: 27 July, 1932
Died: 27 June, 2004
Test record: 1 Test (1960) – 0 points
Tours: 1960 World Cup
Auckland back-rower Laurie Olliff played one World Cup match for New Zealand during the 1960 tournament.
Coming through the ranks at Mt Albert, Olliff was part of the champion Western United team (Mt Albert and Point Chevalier combined) that beat St George in 1959. He represented Auckland and North Island before getting the nod as incomparable Cantabrian Mel Cooke’s loose forward understudy for the 1960 World Cup.
With Trevor Kilkelly out injured, he was picked in the second-row for the Kiwis’ second match, which Australia won 21-15 at Leeds. Kilkelly reclaimed his spot for the last encounter with France.
Olliff scored a try in both post-tournament appearances, against Halifax and a French XIII.