Sir Brian Lochore elected new Patron and Life Member of NZ Rugby
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NZRU Chairman Mike Eagle said: “Sir Brian has had a long and deep involvement with New Zealand rugby and greatly deserves these honours. He brings tremendous knowledge and great respect to his new role of patron and I look forward to working closely with him.”
Sir Brian said it was a great honour to be elected Patron.
“I am incredibly humbled to be elected to this position. Rugby has been my life and I have had so many rich and rewarding experiences over many decades in the game and I hope as patron I can continue to make a valuable contribution to our great game.
“I am also very honoured to be awarded Life Membership.”
Background on Sir Brian
- Became All Black number 637 in 1963 and played 68 matches for the All Blacks until 1971, 46 of which were as captain.
- Became All Blacks selector in 1983 and All Blacks coach two years later. Coached New Zealand in 1987 when the All Blacks won the inaugural Rugby World Cup.
- Served as All Blacks Rugby World Cup campaign manager in 1995
- Has filled many other playing, coaching and administrative roles at club, provincial and national level.
- Former Chairman of the Hillary Commission and the QEII National Trust
- Was knighted for services to sport in 1999 and elevated to the Order of New Zealand in 2007.
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