Brian Lochore

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Sir Brian Lochore
Full name Brian James Lochore
Date of birth (1940-09-03) 3 September 1940 (age 74)
Place of birth Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
School Wairarapa College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Number 8, Lock
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
1959-1970 Masterton
correct as of 2007-02-07.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1959-1970 Wairarapa
correct as of 2007-02-07.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1964-1971 New Zealand 25 (21)
correct as of 2007-02-07.
Coaching career
Years Club / team

New Zealand
correct as of 2007-02-07.
Rugby union career

Sir Brian James Lochore, ONZ, KNZM, OBE (born 3 September 1940) is a former rugby union footballer and coach who represented and captained the New Zealand national team, the All Blacks.[1] He played at number 8 and lock, as well as captaining the side 46 times (18 of those tests).[1] In 1999, Lochore was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.[2]

Lochore played domestic rugby for Masterton and Wairarapa-Bush, 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 (although at the selectors request he returned to play one game in 1971 for an injury-hit All Black side).

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.

Lochore was knighted Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1999. He currently chairs the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust.[3] The Lochore Cup, contested in New Zealand's domestic competition, the Heartland Championship, is named in his honour.[4] On Waitangi Day (6 February) 2007, Lochore was inducted into the Order of New Zealand as an additional member; the Order of New Zealand is the country's highest honour.[5]


  1. ^ a b Brian Lochore at
  2. ^ "Brian Lochore". Retrieved 2007-02-07. 
  3. ^ "About QEII". Retrieved 2007-02-07. [dead link]
  4. ^ Houlahan, Mike (2007-02-06). "Special Honours: Sir Brian Lochore". Retrieved 2007-02-07. 
  5. ^ "Four admitted to Order of New Zealand". 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2007-02-07. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Graham
All Blacks captain
Succeeded by
Colin Meads
Preceded by
Bryce Rope
All Blacks coach
Succeeded by
Alex Wyllie