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NZ Rugby condolences at passing of Sir Nicholas Shehadie

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New Zealand Rugby has expressed its sadness following the passing of Australian rugby great Sir Nicholas Shehadie, aged 91.

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said Shehadie held a special place in rugby history and news of his passing was met with sadness.

"Our thoughts are with his family and the Australian rugby community who will be mourning a special man.

"His contribution to rugby has a lasting influence both on and off the field. He was in the first Wallaby team to claim the Bledisloe Cup in New Zealand and a pivotal force in bringing the Rugby World Cup to life in 1987," said Tew.

Shehadie played 114 matches, including 30 Tests, for Australia and served as Lord Mayor of Sydney before embarking on a stellar career in rugby administration. A former president and life member of the Australian Rugby Union, Shehadie was an inductee in the IRB Hall of Fame and received a Knight Bachelor in 1976.

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