The tributes are flowing for Sir Brian Lochore, followingthe death of the All Blacks great.
The legendary former captain and coachlost his battle with bowel cancer on Saturday night, aged 78.
He was being remembered as a true giant of the game, and of New Zealand, such was the contribution he also made to the community away from rugby.
Former All Blacks, such as Sean Fitzpatrick, Sir John Kirwan and Nick Evans led the recognition on social media, in paying their respects to a man who influenced so many careers.
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Hard to put into words the effect BJ had on many of us, sometimes we didn’t realize until after the fact, but that was his way, lead others with humility and vision, but also let us find the way, he will be missed, feeling for the family RIP legend
— Sir John Kirwan (@JohnKirwan_14) August 3, 2019
Such was Lochore’s standing and reach in the sport, tributes also came from the likes of former Springbok captain Schalk Burger, World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper, and the British and Irish Lions.
— Schalk Burger (@skalabrak) August 3, 2019
— Brett Gosper (@brettgosper) August 3, 2019
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the great Sir Brian Lochore, a giant of the game on and off the field.
Our thoughts are with Sir Brian’s family and friends, and the New Zealand Rugby community.https://t.co/62TH8J4c2G
— British & Irish Lions (@lionsofficial) August 3, 2019
And there was even a fellow former Masterton local in Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor, who fondly remembered his times with the great man.
Sad to hear of the passing of NZ rugby and Wairarapa Bush legend Sir Brian Lochore. An honour to have met him & received some wise words over the years. Will never forget those huge hands! Thoughts are with the family, Rest In Peace BJ.
— Ross Taylor (@RossLTaylor) August 3, 2019