Gifted first five-eighths Bob Burgess was a man out of time as an All Black. A supremely gifted runner and passer in an era when the boot was the key part of a No10's armoury, Burgess' international career never scaled the heights it could have.

As an emblem of New Zealand's increasing discomfort about the cosy relationship between New Zealand rugby and South Africa's apartheid government, however, Burgess was the right man for the times.

In 1970, he refused an All Blacks trial ahead of the tour to South Africa, and by 1981, he was on the frontline of the

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