27 Oct 2012

Sir Wilson Whineray farewelled

9:25 am on 27 October 2012

About 800 people have farewelled the rugby great Sir Wilson Whineray at his funeral in Auckland.

The former All Black captain died on Sunday, aged 77.

The service was held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell on Friday. Speakers included Sir Wilson's son James, long-time friend Tom Marshall and former All Black captain Sir Brian Lochore.

Just 23 when he became All Blacks captain in 1958, Sir Wilson - he was knighted in 1998 for services to sport and business management - led the national side through one of its great eras, losing only four tests out of 32 before retiring in 1965.

After obtaining an MBA from Harvard University in the United States he spent 34 years with Carter Holt Harvey, including a stint as chairman. He also chaired the board of the National Bank.