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The Hulley Memorial Lecture: Zinzan Brooke

Monday 2 Mar 2020

N.B. There will be no charge for this lecture. Instead, there will be a collection at the end of the evening for the College’s charity of the term: St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich.


Jonathan ‘Jobo’ Hulley: ‘a cherished former pupil, who loved his time on the Back, almost more than he loved his time studying the Tudors!’

Fun-loving Old Framlinghamian, Jonathan Hulley (Kerrison, 2010-16), was taken from us in tragic circumstances in 2017 at the age of just nineteen. ‘Jobo’ was a hugely engaging young man, with a keen wit and a kind heart. He had an infectious (often mischievous!) sense of humour and an irresistible desire to ‘Play up, Play up and Play the Game!’ His love of the game of cricket in particular was profound and he was awarded the S.O.F. Prize for Cricket in 2016. Memorial Cricket matches in Jobo’s honour were hosted on the Back in 2018 and 2019. Not surprisingly these games were wonderfully well-supported, played in suitably swashbuckling style and with characteristic generosity of spirit. Such wonderful sporting celebrations provide a worthy tribute to the memory of dear ‘Jobo’, and we are confident that The Hulley Memorial Lecture presented by All Blacks rugby legend and fellow swashbuckler, Zinzan Brooke, will do the same.


Zinzan Brooke is widely regarded as one of the true greats of the game of Rugby Union. He played 58 tests for New Zealand, captained the Auckland Blues to Super 12 Championships in 1996 and 1997 and was a leading light in Auckland’s dominance in the National Provincial Championship during the late 1980s and 1990s. He scored 17 tries in test matches, then a world record for a forward. Zinzan played in three World Cups and was a member of the All Blacks squad which won the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987. His reputation for being a physically uncompromising player was matched by his unique skills, which often impressed even the opposition team and supporters. His long-range drop goals in major test matches against both England and South Africa have gone into rugby folklore.

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