Pathway of fame - Brian Lochore
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- (1940- ) Number 8, Lock, New Zealand
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Brian Lochore represented the All Blacks in 68 matches, including 24 tests, captaining the side on 18 occasions, winning 15 of them. He toured Britain in 1963-4 and returned four years later as captain when he proved a tremendous ambassador for the game and his country. He scored seven tries in his international career from 1963-71. Lochore led by example with a self-effacing and dignified leadership style. He was incredibly fit, had excellent anticipation and did all the hard graft expected of a back row forward. Terry Maclean gives him the highest accolade. “A great back row forward. New Zealand has fielded none better.” He coached at Masterton and Wairarapa Bush before taking over as All Black coach from 1985-7 when they won the inaugural World Cup. He was also a selector from 1983-7 and campaign manager in the 1995 World Cup.
The Lochore Cup, contested in New Zealand's Heartland Championship, is named in his honour.
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