All Blacks legend Bob Scott, hailed as "the complete fullback", died in his North Island home early Friday aged 91, the New Zealand Rugby Union said.
Scott played for the All Blacks 54 times between 1946 and 1954, including 17 Tests, and his attacking play was credited with helping revolutionise the No.15's role.
"It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Bob Scott who was the oldest living All Black," NZRU chairman Mike Eagle said.
"Bob was a much admired player, regarded by many as the complete fullback who played the game with passion and courage."
Wellington-born Scott's international career was delayed by World War II, when he served in Italy and was a member of a New Zealand Army military team that toured Britain after the war.
He made his All Blacks debut in 1946 aged 25.
He was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1990 and awarded an MBE in 1995 for his services to sport.