Bill Osborne

William Michael Osborne (born 24 April 1955) is a former New Zealand rugby union player. A second five-eighth and centre, Osborne represented Wanganui and Waikato at a provincial level. Started his club career with the local Kaierau Rugby Union Club in Wanganui. He was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, between 1975 and 1982, playing 48 matches including 16 internationals.[1]

Bill Osborne
Birth nameWilliam Michael Osborne
Date of birth (1955-04-24) 24 April 1955
Place of birthWhanganui, New Zealand
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb)
SchoolWanganui High School
Notable relative(s)Glen Osborne (nephew)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Second five-eighth, centre
All Black No. 744
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1973–82 Wanganui
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
New Zealand
New Zealand Māori
16 (0)


  1. Luxford, Bob. "Bill Osborne". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
Preceded by
Kent Lambert
Tom French Memorial
Māori rugby union player of the year

Succeeded by
Eddie Dunn

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