Sean Fitzpatrick

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New Zealand

Career Summary

The son of 1950's All Black centre Brian Fitzpatrick, he made his debut for New Zealand in 1986 aged 23 in a Test against France in Christchurch - a member of the young side dubbed the "Baby Blacks" after so many senior players toured with the rebel Cavaliers in South Africa.

A year after his test debut, Sean Fitzpatrick was a member of the New Zealand team that won the first World Cup. Finally retiring in 1997, Laurie Mains, like many other shrewd observers, bracketed Sean Fitzpatrick with Colin Meads as the two greatest players of New Zealand rugby. No one would argue with that and he went on to captain the All Blacks a record 51 times.

Fitzpatrick led his side to victorious Tri-Nations campaigns in 1996 and again in 1997 although injury was starting to take its toll. When Fitzpatrick missed the first Test of the 1997 tour to the UK and Ireland, it was the first time in his rugby career he could not be considered because of a knee injury.

His last appearance turned out to be a second-half appearance against Wales in November 1997 as in early 1998 the knee injury meant he had to call an end to his playing career.

After the announcement the then Zealand coach John Hart said: "I would say Sean is arguably, alongside Colin Meads, one of the greatest players we have seen in our time. He leaves a huge hole in New Zealand rugby, a hole we will never fill because there is only one Sean."

Known for his aggressive approach to the game, there is no doubt that he was one of the most influential players in a period that saw massive changes for the game, both on and off the field.

After retiring 'Fitzy' continued to be involved with New Zealand rugby at all levels and in 2001 was appointed the manager of the Blues Super 12 franchise.

Greatest Moment

He won the World Cup with New Zealand in 1987, partly helped by an injury to Andy Dalton, and in 1992 he was elevated to All Black captain.

Interesting Facts

A regular place arrived before the end of the year and he then embarked on one of the most amazing records in rugby, appearing in 63 consecutive Tests for New Zealand over eight years. The run was only broken when he was rested for an easy 1995 World Cup pool game against Japan - a match when New Zealand won 145-17.

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