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Former All Blacks captain Shelford knighted

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Former All Blacks captain Wayne Shelford has been awarded a knighthood in New Zealand’s honours list.

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Making his debut in 1985, Shelford played 48 games for New Zealand, including 22 Tests, and captained the team on 31 occasions before being controversially axed in 1990.

The 63-year-old, who is credited with revitalising the performance of the All Blacks’ traditional “haka”, was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to rugby and the community.

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“It’s a great accolade, a great honour,” Shelford, part of the All Blacks’ 1987 World Cup-winning squad, said.

“It’s one of those things you never think will happen – I’d never thought about it before.

“I’ll wear it with pride for the family and all the organisations I work with. They’ll carry that with them because they’re my biggest supporters.”

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