Pioneering is part of who we are. That’s why each Ryman village is named after a Kiwi or Aussie trailblazer, Bob Scott, Edmund Hillary, Kiri Te Kenawa to name a few. They lived with passion and purpose, they pushed further, they went beyond the ordinary. That’s exactly what we strive to do, every day, at Ryman. To pioneer a new way of living, for a new retirement generation.
Bob Scott was one of the finest All Blacks of his generation who went on to give a huge amount back to younger players and to the Petone community.
Robert William Henry Scott - known to everyone as Bob - was born in Wellington in 1921 and grew up in poverty during the depression.
A keen sportsman, he became a masterful bare foot kicker because he was unable to afford rugby boots when he was young.
After volunteering to fight in World War II, his sporting talent was recognised and he was selected to play for the Kiwi armed forces team.
After the war he played 17 tests for the All Blacks, and built his reputation as a nimble, attacking fullback who was able to land kicks from over half way. He is considered one of the finest All Blacks fullbacks ever to play.
Bob ended his rugby career playing for Petone. He bought a menswear store on Jackson St which he ran for more than 20 years, becoming a well-known figure in the local business community.
He was awarded an MBE in 1995 for his services to sport and the community. He retired to live on the Coromandel Peninsula and died in 2012 at the age of 91.
“He was a wonderful rugby player and he gave an awful lot to the Petone community – it is a lovely honour for him.”
– Andy Leslie, former All Blacks captain.