New Zealand rugby mourns All Black Herewini

Last updated 23:30 23/05/2014

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New Zealand rugby is mourning the death of All Black and Maori All Black Mac (MacFarlane) Herewini, who passed away this week, aged 73.

Herewini was 21 when he made his All Blacks test debut in 1962 against Australia in Auckland and only 17 when he made his provincial debut for Auckland.

Two years later,at 19, he made his debut for the Maori All Blacks and joined that team for its tour to Tonga and Samoa.

Herewini was able to play a range of backline positions and was valued for the accuracy of his boot. He played 32 times for the All Blacks, including 10 tests, and scored 95 points.

He played in all four tests against the 1966 British and Irish Lions and scored two dropped goals during the series.

His contribution to the Maori All Blacks over a decade was invaluable. He made 24 appearances for the Maori side, including nine against international teams including South Africa and the Lions.

And in 1970 he captained the team in three matches, against North Auckland and Fiji. Herewini twice received the Tom French Memorial Trophy for Maori Player of the Year.

Following his retirement from playing, Herewini remained involved with the game as a selector for Northern Maori and coach of Manukau RFC. His son Mackie also went on to represent New Zealand at age grade levels.

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- The Dominion Post

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