WELLINGTON – New Zealand rugby was in mourning yesterday after All Black great Brian Lochore died of cancer aged 78.
Lochore, who captained New Zealand in 18 Tests during their golden era of the 1960s and coached the All Blacks to the inaugural World Cup title in 1987, died on Saturday, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) said in a statement.
“It is with great sadness and grief that we announce that Sir Brian succumbed to his battle with cancer,” NZR chief executive Steve Tew said.
“We have lost a genuine legend of our country, an unwavering figure on the field, and a highly-respected figure off it. His family has lost a devoted husband, father and grandfather and for many of us, a great friend.
“It is not over-stating the facts to say that Sir Brian Lochore was the saviour of New Zealand rugby on several occasions and many of us have lost a great mate.”