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Graham Neil Kenneth Mourie MBE (born 8 September 1952 in Opunake, Taranaki, New Zealand) is a former New Zealand All Black flanker and coach of the Hurricanes. He was one of the great All Black 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 South America. 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.

Graham Mourie
Birth nameGraham Neil Kenneth Mourie
Date of birth (1952-09-08) 8 September 1952 (age 67)
Place of birthOpunake, New Zealand
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight89 kg (14 st 0 lb)
SchoolNew Plymouth Boys' High
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
All Black No. 757
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1975–1982 Taranaki 104 ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1976-1982 New Zealand 21 (16)
Teams coached
Years Team

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.

Born in Taranaki, he captained his province. He attended Opunake High School and was in the 1st XV before he attended New Plymouth Boys' High School which he also got into the 1st XV but never captained it.

In the 1981 Queen's Birthday Honours, Mourie was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to rugby.[1]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tane Norton
All Blacks Captain
Succeeded by
Andy Dalton