COMMENT:

Fine men become All Black captains. All my life I've been in awe of them. The first one I saw was Sir Wilson Whineray and he remains the epitome for me, closely followed by Sir Brian Lochore and Graham Mourie. Richie McCaw and Kieran Read are up there too.

They have all embodied my idealised New Zealander, strong, capable, good-natured, modest and quiet. They weren't great speechmakers off the field and I doubt they had very much to say on it. Their team talks were probably brief and to the point.

Their leadership was built on their character and

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