Graham Mourie

Graham Neil Kenneth Mourie MBE (born 8 September 1952) 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

Graham Neil Kenneth Mourie

(1952-09-08) 8 September 1952 (age 68)
Ōpunake, New Zealand
EducationNew Plymouth Boys' High School
Alma materVictoria University of Wellington
Rugby career
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight89 kg (196 lb; 14 st 0 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
All Black No. 757
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1975–1982 Taranaki 104 (100)
Correct as of 18 May 2020
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1975 Junior All Blacks 2 (8)
1976–1982 New Zealand 61 (64)
1977–1982 New Zealand Barbarians 6 (8)
1982–1983 World XV 2 (0)
1982 Barbarian F.C. 2 (12)
Correct as of 18 May 2020
Teams coached
Years Team
1998–1999 Wellington
2000–2002 Hurricanes
Correct as of 18 May 2020

Early lifeEdit

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.

Rugby careerEdit

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. Mourie has said that he has no regrets about his decision not to play against the Springboks in 1981, noting that "You have got to be able to look at yourself in the mirror - look yourself in the eye and say that is the right thing to do."[1] He returned as captain later that year for the tour of Romania and France.


In the 1981 Queen's Birthday Honours, Mourie was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to rugby.[2]

Business careerEdit

Mourie worked as a farmer and in farming industry roles.[3]


  1. ^ Hunt, Tom (15 December 2013). "The skipper who tackled apartheid head-on". Stuff. The Dominion Post. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  2. ^ "No. 48641". The London Gazette (3rd supplement). 13 June 1981. p. 45.
  3. ^ "Graham Mourie".

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