Sunday, October 21, 2012

AB's great Sir Wilson Whineray has died aged 77 years...


Sir Wilson Whineray
Sir Wilson Whinera

All Blacks great Sir Wilson Whineray has died at the age of 77.
The New Zealand Rugby Union says Whineray passed away early on Monday at Auckland Hospital, surrounded by his family. He had been in hospital for the past month.
"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," NZRU chairman Mike Eagle said.
"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."
Whineray was 21 when he made his All Blacks Test debut in May 1957 against Australia in Sydney.
The following year at the age of 23 he became the All Blacks' youngest captain in a Test series against Australia.
He played 77 All Blacks matches including 32 Tests, and he captained the side 67 times.
Whineray, who mostly played prop but also as a loose forward, retired from rugby in 1966 and after studying for an MBA at Harvard University he pursed
a successful business career.
He was deputy managing director and later chairman of Carter Holt Harvey, one of New Zealand's biggest companies. He was also chairman of the National Bank.
Knighted in 1998 for his services to sport and business, he became the first New Zealander and the fourth player to be inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in 2007.
Whineray is survived by his wife Lady Elisabeth, one son, two daughters and five grandchildren.

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