Wayne Shelford

(1957 - )

Wayne Shelford
“Buck” Shelford captured the imagination of the New Zealand rugby public during his six years in the All Blacks, during which he played 48 times and was unbeaten as test captain between 1988 and 1990.

Shelford was a “follow me” leader who led by an example of strength and determination and, at times, no little courage.

Shelford was first selected for the All Blacks in 1985, became an integral member of the winning World Cup team in 1987 and later that year, took over the captaincy.

He remained leader until he was controversially dropped in 1990, provoking a national outcry and a popular but unsuccessful “Bring back Buck” campaign.

He was a central figure in the successful launch of the North Harbour union in 1985 and became coach in 1998 after coaching experience in England.
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