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The New Zealand All Blacks are the yardstick by which every other team is measured.  From the pre-game haka to the all black jerseys to the unprecedented 3 Rugby World Cup titles, this team has it all.  The men who have led the team out are in a special class.  They are the heart of this dominant side leading by example and providing inspiration to lift a team and a nation.

New Zealand All Blacks Captain's Ball
The limited edition All Blacks Captain’s Signed Ball is a tribute to all these special players with all living captains between 1936 and 1996 signing this special piece of All Blacks memorabilia.

The classic leather 4-panel ball is brown with black on each end of the ball to help with visibility as well as black detailing.  The front 2-panels on either side of the laces include on one panel the New Zealand All Blacks logo and the official number of the series authenticated by Insignia International.  The other panel includes New Zealand All Blacks Test Captains 1936-1996.  The back 2 panels include the signatures of the living captains.

New Zealand All Blacks Captain's Ball Certificate of Authenticity
The limited edition of 500 balls is signed, numbered, and includes a certificate of authenticity.

A Legendary Piece of All Blacks Memorabilia
Signed by all living Captains between 1936-1996.

The Signature list includes:

Jack Griffiths (1936) – played 7 matches for the All Blacks from 1934 until 1938.

Roderick ‘Rod’ MacKenzie (1938) – was a flanker and lock for the All Blacks, MacKenzie played 35 matches from 1934 until 1938, including 3 matches as captain.

Fred Allen (1946-49) – captained the All Blacks on their 1949 tour of South Africa.  He retired from playing after the tour but served as the team’s head coach from 1966-1968.

Ron Elvidge (1949-50) – was a second five-eighth and center, Elvidge played 19 matches with the All Blacks from 1946 until 1950.  He captained the side 7 times.

Peter Johnstone (1950-51) – was a winger who played for the All Blacks between 1949 and 1951, captaining the side on the tour of Australia in 1951.

Kevin Skinner (1952) – played rugby and was a champion heavyweight boxer in New Zealand.  Skinner earned 20 caps for New Zealand, 2 of them as captain in the 1952 series against Australia.

Bob Stuart (1953-54) – was a loose forward and earned 27 caps for New Zealand.  He captained the 1953/4 All Blacks in their tour of Great Britain and France.  He was the manager of the All Blacks for their 1956 tour of South Africa.

Bob Duff (1956) – earned 11 caps with the All Blacks and captained the side in the final 2 matches of the 1956 series with South Africa.  The team won both matches while he was captain which helped them clinch a first ever series win over the Springboks.  He was an assistant manager and coach of the All Blacks team that toured North America, the UK, and France.

Wilson Whineray (1958-65) – is the longest serving and some say greatest All Blacks captain.  He played 77 matches for the All Blacks, 67 of them as captain (32 test matches, 30 as captain) between 1957 and 1965.

John Graham (1964) – took over the captaincy after Whineray retired.  The Flanker captained the side in 7 matches.

Brian Lochore (1966-70) – a #8 and lock, Sir Brian Lachore captained the side 46 times (18 test matches) during his career from 1964-1971.    After retiring from playing he started to manage and coached the All Blacks between 1985 and 1987 which included a successful inaugural Rugby World Cup campaign.  He also managed the team at the 1995 Rugby World Cup.  He was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.

Chris Laidlaw (1968) –made his All Blacks debut as a 19-year-old and was initially on the roster as a reserve.  He showed well and earned his first cap against France.  The Rhodes Scholar played 57 matches (20 internationals) and captained the side 3 times (1 test match against Australia and games against Victoria and South-West Africa).

Colin Meads (1971) – played 55 test matches (133 total matches) during his career from 1957 until 1971.  He is considered one of the best players in the history of the game.  He was an enforcer on the field and went by the nickname ‘Pinetree.’  He occasionally took the role as captain during his career but it was never his regular role.  He holds the All Blacks record for longest period between his first captaincy in 1960 and last in 1971.

Ian Kirkpatrick (1972-73) – was the captain of the All Blacks between 1972 and 1974.  He earned 39 caps for New Zealand captaining the side on 9 occasions.  He scored a record 16 tries for the All Blacks until that mark was surpassed by Stu Wilson in 1983.  He was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2003.

Andy Leslie (1974-76) – was the All Blacks captain of the controversial 1976 tour of South Africa.  The tour was seen as given support for the apartheid regime with the 5 New Zealand Maori players given ‘honorary white’ status.  Leslie earned 10 caps for the All Blacks.

Tane Norton (1977) – was a hooker for the All Blacks and captained the side to a series win over the British and Irish Lions in 1977.  He earned 27 caps for New Zealand.

Graham Mourie (1977-82) – is a former All Blacks flanker.  He played 61 matches, 57 as captain, including the historic Grand Slam tour of Britain and Ireland in 1978.

Frank Oliver (1978) – played for the All Blacks between 1976 and 1981.  The lock played 43 matches (17 test matches) and captained the side in 4 matches.  He son Anton captained the All Blacks in 2001 making them the only father-son duo to captain the team.

Dave Loveridge (1980) – played 54 matches (24 test matches) for the All Blacks between 1978 and 1985.  He served as captain on the 1980 tour of Australia.  He was the greatest halfback of his generation and is best remembered for his play in the second test match against the British and Irish Lions in 1983.

Andy Dalton (1981-85) – was the most successful captains in All Blacks history posting 15 wins in his 17 test matches.  He was named the captain for the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup but was forced from the team through injury.

Stu Wilson (1983) – was the captain of the All Blacks 1983 tour of Scotland and England. He earned 34 caps.

Jock Hobbs (1985-86) – earned 21 test caps for New Zealand and captained the side in 4 matches during short tours of Fiji and Argentina in 1984 and 1985, respectively, in the absence of Andy Dalton.  He has continued to work in rugby as the longest serving chairman of NZRU and was instrumental in bringing the 2011 Rugby World Cup back to New Zealand.

David Kirk (1986-87) – led the All Blacks to the inaugural Rugby World Cup title in 1987 after regular captain Dalton was forced to withdraw due to injury.  He made his first impression captaining the ‘Baby Blacks.’   The ‘Baby Black’s was the name given to the All Blacks senior team to compete in first 2 test matches after the rebel ‘Cavaliers’ tour of South Africa when 28 of the regular 30 man roster were suspended.  Kirk and John Kirwan were the 2 regular players who refused to travel on that tour.

Wayne Shelford (1988-90) – took over as captain of the All Blacks after the 1987 Rugby World Cup.  One of his first orders of business was off the field, taking the side to a Maori school to learn the proper way to perform the ‘Ka Mate’ haka.  The team did not lose a match during his captaincy.

Gary Whetton (1991-92) – was a lock who earned 58 test caps for the All Blacks and served as captain 15 times.

Sean Fitzpatrick (1992-96) – took over the role as captain in 1992 and held it until he retired from test rugby. He is recognized as one of the top players from New Zealand in the history of the game but the results on the international stage were inconsistent during his captaincy.  The 1996 All Blacks team is considered 1 of the best in the history of the game but they failed to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup and losing the first test series on home soil when France achieved a test series win in 1994.

Paul Henderson (1995) – only captained the All Blacks in 1 match, the 1995 Rugby World Cup match against Japan.  It was a memorable one, however, as the All Blacks ran away with 21 try and record 145-17 win over the Cherry Blossoms.

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The New Zealand All Blacks Captain’s Ball comes in a acrylic display case.

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