Bryce Rope has died in Auckland, aged 90.

As well as playing as a loose forward for Auckland and NZ Universities in the 1940s and 50s, Rope had a long stint as a coach and selector for NZ Universities, before becoming a North Island and All Black selector.

He was the All Black coach in 1983-84, the highlight being a 4-0 clean sweep of the Lions in 1983.