New Zealand Rugby
Former All Blacks skipper passes away
October 22, 2012
Sir Wilson Whineray has passed away aged 77 © Getty Images
Former All Blacks captain Sir Wilson Whineray has died aged 77.
He passed away on Monday morning at Auckland Hospital. Sir Wilson made his Test debut for the All Blacks back in May 1957 when he was 21 and took on the captaincy for their 1958 series against Australia.
Sir Wilson ended up making 77 appearances for the All Blacks, which included 32 Tests, and captained the famous side on 67 occasions. Sir Wilson received his knighthood in 1994 and was named patron of the New Zealand Rugby Union in 2003. Four years later he became only the fourth person to be inducted into the International Rugby Board Hall of Fame.
NZRU chairman Mike Eagle paid tribute to Sir Wilson saying: "Today is a very sad day. We have lost one of New Zealand's great heroes and for the rugby community we have lost a much-loved patron and champion of rugby.
"Regarded as one of the great All Blacks legends, Sir Wilson also made significant contributions to the community through his work with sport, charities and business.
"We extend our condolences to Lady Elisabeth and to their family as they remember a much-loved husband, a father and a grandfather."
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