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Former Wallabies captain John Hipwell dies at 65

September 24, 2013

SYDNEY (AP) — John Hipwell, who played 35 rugby tests at scrumhalf for Australia including nine as captain, has died at the age of 65, his family says.

Hipwell, who played for the Wallabies from 1966 to 1982, died on Monday. The cause was not immediately available.

Hipwell played his first international match for New South Wales Country against the British and Irish Lions in 1966.

He accompanied Australia on its 1966 tour to Britain, France and Canada but didn’t win his first test cap until 1968, when incumbent scrumhalf Ken Catchpole suffered a career-ending injury.

Hipwell played his last test against England in 1982 at the age of 33.

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