Murray Mexted

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Murray Mexted
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Murray Mexted talking to a fan at the Westpac Stadium.
Date of birth (1953-09-05) 5 September 1953 (age 60)
Place of birth Wellington
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 95 kg (209 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position No. 8
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1979-1985  New Zealand 72 (84)

Murray Graham Mexted (born 5 September 1953 in Wellington) is a New Zealand rugby union player who played 34 tests for the All Blacks from 1979 to 1983.[1] He also played 38 non-test game including 7 as captain.[1] During his time with the All Blacks, he wore the Number eight jersey and was considered an excellent ball winner and an effective defender. In 1986, his book, Pieces of Eight, was published, and he married Miss Universe Lorraine Downes. The couple separated in 1999. In recent years, he has retained a high profile as a television colour commentator. Mexted's father, Graham Mexted, was also a New Zealand rugby union international who won one full cap in 1950.


  • "I just love it when Mehrtens comes on the inside of Marshall"
  • "As you know, I've been pumping Marty Leslie for a couple of years now."[2]
  • "You don't like to see hookers going down on players like that."[3]
  • A Sky TV producer was conducting a sound test before the last Springbok test at Carisbrook. "Murray can you hear me?....Murray can you hear me?" Murray: "No."[2]
  • "Paul Tito looked like a blind man in a brothel, just left groping."[2]
  • "The lineouts of course are a great artform, I've always fantisised about lineouts, even in my sleep sometimes..."[2]
  • "Well it was a great kick. We know Matthew Cooper's got tremendous rhythm now, he's smooth, smooth as a baby's bum... By Joves, that didn't slip out did it?"[2]
  • "It's very easy to be exposed as an open side (flanker) if you don't have your mate up your backside"[2]
  • "Well it still does it for me, the tingle up the spine, the tingle in the loins"[2]
  • "Isn't that an interesting scene, the two coaches, Nick Mallett and John Hart. By Joves times have changed haven't they. In the old days they'd be punching each other in that position." - (The two former coaches of the respective South African and New Zealand rugby teams were shown seated together in a grandstand).[2]


  1. ^ a b Murray Mexted at
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h A YouTube commentary compilation (added 2008-04-11, retrieved on 2008-08-23).
  3. ^ Hewitson, Michele (27 May 2006). "The incorrigible Murray Mexted". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 

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