A Whanganui man who reached the pinnacle of New Zealand rugby is being remembered as humble person despite his international accomplishments.

Former All Black Douglas Wilson, also known as Doug, died at Kowhainui Hospital on Saturday. He was 88.

Wilson was born in Whanganui in 1931 but moved to Christchurch as a child, where he started playing rugby.

It led to his being selected to play for the Canterbury provincial side in 1952.


Not long after, Wilson was picked to play for the All Blacks on the 1953–1954 tour of Britain, Ireland, France and North America.

During the tour he