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Top 15 of 2019: No. 9 - Death of Sir Brian Lochore

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Tue, 10 Dec 2019, 8:39AM
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Top 15 of 2019: No. 9 - Death of Sir Brian Lochore

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Radio Sport,
Publish Date
Tue, 10 Dec 2019, 8:39AM

Radio Sport's Top 15 Sporting Moments returns for 2019 as Jason Pine counts down the biggest sports stories of the year.

For moment Number 9, Jason looks at the passing of legendary All Black Sir Brian Lochore. Sir Brian's impact and legacy on the New Zealand Rugby public was made evident through the response of many Kiwis when news of his death was officially announced.

Lochore played domestic rugby for Masterton and Wairarapa debuting for both in 1959. After playing six tests, including all four tests of the 1965 South African tour of New Zealand, he was selected as captain by coach Fred Allen for the Lions tour in 1966. He continued as captain until his retirement from playing in 1970.

His involvement in the game did not end with his playing days. He coached Masterton before moving on to coach Wairarapa-Bush in 1980. Lochore became an All Black selector in 1983 before taking the side to victory in the inaugural World Cup during his coaching tenure from 1985 to 1987. Lochore continued to be involved in All Black rugby, firstly managing the team in the 1995 World Cup, and later as one of the All Black selectors.

He passed away on August 3, 2019.

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