23 Oct 2012

Sir Wilson Whineray dies aged 77

12:47 pm on 23 October 2012

The former All Black and businessman, Sir Wilson Whineray has died, aged 77.

Sir Wilson died this afternoon surrounded by his family at Auckland Hospital, where he had been for the past month.

Sir Wilson was 21 when he made his All Blacks Test debut in May 1957, and played 77 All Blacks matches including 32 tests.

He was made captain at just 23 years of age.

As well as having a distinguished career as a sportsman, Sir Wilson also made his mark through his business career as well as community work.

The New Zealand Rugby Union chairman, Mike Eagle, says New Zealand has lost one of its great heroes, and the rugby community has lost a much-loved patron and champion of rugby.