New Zealand: Wayne Shelford finally receives his knighthood

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Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford, one of New Zealand’s most iconic rugby players, has been formally knighted at Government House in Auckland.

The talismanic number eight had been given the award last year in the Queen’s birthday honours list, but the investiture was delayed due to the Covid pandemic.

Bring back Buck!

Shelford made his debut for New Zealand in 1985, playing 22 Tests and 48 matches for his country.

Widely regarded as one of the all-time great number eights, he is also credited with the revival of the ‘Ka Mate’ haka as a pre-match ritual.

He was dropped in controversial circumstances in 1990, having captained the All Blacks for three undefeated years.

Signs would appear at grounds subsequently reading ‘Bring back Buck’ and still occasionally appear when the team is on a poor run of form.

He later played for Northampton, where he is also held in huge esteem and spent a time at Saracens as a coach.

“It’s a great accolade, a great honour,” Shelford said of his knighthood.

“I’ll wear it with pride for the family and all the organisations I work with. They’ll carry that with them because they’re my biggest supporters.”

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