Former New Zealand captain Sir Wilson Whineray passes away aged 77

Sir Wilson Whineray in 1963
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Former New Zealand rugby captain Sir Wilson Whineray passes away in Aukland Hospital at the age of 77.

Former New Zealand rugby captain Sir Wilson Whineray has passed away at the age of 77.

The ex-prop, who racked up 77 appearances for the All Blacks during his playing days, died with his family beside him at Aukland Hospital this morning.

Prime Minister John Key said: "Sir Wilson was a great All Black and may have been the greatest captain we ever had. This is a loss all of New Zealand will feel."

New Zealand Rugby Union chairman Mike Eagle said: "Today is a very sad day. We have lost one of New Zealand's great heroes and for the rugby community we have lost a much-loved patron and champion of rugby."

Whineray captained the All Blacks 67 times.

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