Brian Lochore

Sir Brian Lochore
Full name Brian James Lochore
Date of birth (1940-09-03) 3 September 1940
Place of birth Masterton, New Zealand
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 95 kg (209 lb)
School Wairarapa College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Number 8, Lock
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
1959–70 Masterton
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1959-70 Wairarapa
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1964–71 New Zealand 25 (21)
Coaching career
Years Club / team
196667, 7578
Wairarapa Bush
New Zealand

Sir Brian James Lochore ONZ KNZM OBE (born 3 September 1940) is a former New Zealand rugby union player and coach who represented and captained the New Zealand national team, the All Blacks.[1] He played at number 8 and lock, as well as captaining the side 46 times (18 of those tests).[1] In 1999, Lochore was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.[2]

He was first educated at Opaki Primary School and then Wairarapa College where he was a member of the 1st XV in 1956.[3]

Lochore played domestic rugby for Masterton and Wairarapa, debuting for both in 1959. After playing six tests, including all four tests of the 1965 South African tour of New Zealand, he was selected as captain by coach Fred Allen for the Lions tour in 1966. He continued as captain until his retirement from playing in 1970 (although at the selectors request he returned to play one game in 1971 for an injury-hit All Black side).

His involvement in the game did not end with his playing days. He coached Masterton before moving on to coach Wairarapa-Bush in 1980. Lochore became an All Black selector in 1983 before taking the side to victory in the inaugural World Cup during his coaching tenure from 1985 to 1987. Lochore continued to be involved in All Black rugby, firstly managing the team in the 1995 World Cup, and later as one of the All Black selectors. He currently chairs the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust.[4]

Lochore was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to rugby football in the 1970 Queen's Birthday Honours.[5] In the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honours he was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sport and the community.[6]

The Lochore Cup, contested in New Zealand's domestic competition, the Heartland Championship, is named in his honour.[7] On Waitangi Day (6 February) 2007, Lochore was inducted into the Order of New Zealand as an additional member; the Order of New Zealand is the country's highest honour.[8]

In his biography, Sir Colin Meads wrote: "at the peak of his career, from 1966 through to 1969, he was everything I would want in a number 8. He spared himself, not an ounce working away in the tight-loose, covering, winning us great lineout ball in the deep, backing and filling and playing his part in the rolling drive-and-feed. As a captain he could be self-effacing, for this was the very nature of the man". [3]

Lochore was also a Wairarapa tennis representative from 1957 to 1961 and then 1979 to 1980.[3]


  1. 1 2 Brian Lochore at
  2. "Brian Lochore". Retrieved 7 February 2007.
  3. 1 2 3 Chester, Rod; McMillan, Neville; Palenski, Ron (1987). The Encyclopedia Of New Zealand Rugby. Auckland, New Zealand: Moa Publications. p. 100. ISBN 0-908570-16-3.
  4. "About QEII". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 7 February 2007.
  5. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 45119. p. 6406. 13 June 1970. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  6. "Queen's Birthday honours list 1999 (including Niue)". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 7 June 1999. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  7. Houlahan, Mike (6 February 2007). "Special Honours: Sir Brian Lochore". Retrieved 7 February 2007.
  8. "Four admitted to Order of New Zealand". 6 February 2007. Retrieved 7 February 2007.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Graham
All Blacks captain
Succeeded by
Colin Meads
Preceded by
Bryce Rope
All Blacks coach
Succeeded by
Alex Wyllie
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