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Friday 25 May 2012 | Published in Regional


Te Vaerua Community Rehabilitation Service has enlisted the support of former All Blacks flanker and Hurricanes coach Graham Mourie (pictured) to help with their fundraiser this Sunday.

Mourie will be the guest speaker at the Sunday fundraiser to be held at the Edgewater Resort and Spa starting at 5pm.

Tickets are $15 and include nibbles and the opportunity to mix and mingle with Mourie.

Mourie was one of the great All Blacks captains in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

He was first selected for the All Blacks in 1976, captaining a second-string New Zealand team that toured Argentina at the same time that the All Blacks were touring South Africa.

He was selected again for the All Blacks against the touring British Lions in 1977, and captained the side to France later that year, replacing Tane Norton as captain.

He played a total of 61 matches (57 as captain) for the All Blacks until 1982. He captained the All Blacks on their historic Grand Slam tour of Britain and Ireland in 1978.

In 1981, Mourie made himself unavailable for selection during the controversial tour of New Zealand by the Springboks. He returned as captain later that year for the tour of Romania and France.

For tickets to Sunday’s talk with Mourie – call Justin Rous on 24538 or Tina Mitchell on 21080.