Bob Deans (born Robert George Deans on 19 February 1884 in Christchurch, New Zealand – 1908) was a former All Black and Canterbury rugby union player.
Deans entered into New Zealand sport folklore for a disallowed try against Wales in 1905, when he appeared to score the try that would have won the match for New Zealand but was pulled back over the line before the referee could catch up. It was the only match that New Zealand lost in the 35 match tour.
Deans was only 24 when he died as a result of complications arising from an appendix operation.
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