Tom Coughlan (rugby union)

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Tom Coughlan
Thomas Desmond Coughlan c1959.jpg
Coughlan c. 1959
Birth name Thomas Desmond Coughlan
Date of birth (1934-04-30)30 April 1934
Place of birth Mosgiel, New Zealand
Date of death 9 November 2017(2017-11-09) (aged 83)
Place of death Christchurch, New Zealand
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 97 kg (214 lb)
School St. Kevin's College, Oamaru
Notable relative(s) Tom Lynch (uncle)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
All Black No. 592
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
South Canterbury
King Country

National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1958 New Zealand 1 (0)

Thomas Desmond Coughlan (30 April 1934 – 9 November 2017) was a New Zealand rugby union player. A flanker, Coughlan represented South Canterbury and, briefly, King Country at a provincial level. He played just one match for the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks: a test against the touring Australian team in 1958. He later was a Mid Canterbury selector in 1973 and 1974.[1]

Born in Mosgiel, Coughlan came from a farming background. He was educated at St Kevin's College in Oamaru.[1][2] He died in Christchurch on 9 November 2017.[3]


  1. ^ a b Knight, Lindsay. "Tom Coughlan". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  2. ^ Palenski, Ron (2007). The All Blackography. Hodder Moa. p. 106. ISBN 1869710983. 
  3. ^ "Thomas Coughlan death notice". Southland Times. 11 November 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.