'The contribution that Peter gave to our game was immense,' - tributes for former All Blacks coach Peter Burke, who has died aged 90

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New Zealand's rugby community are in mourning today after the death of former All Blacks player and coach Peter Burke at the age of 90.

Former All Blacks coach and rugby administrator Peter Burke

Former All Blacks coach and rugby administrator Peter Burke

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Burke, who played 12 matches for the All Blacks as well as 117 times for Taranaki as a provincial player, took charge of the All Blacks in 1981 for 11 matches, leading his side to series wins over the Springboks and Wallabies.

He also served as New Zealand Rugby Union president in 1994, named a life member of the organisation in 2008.

In 1997, Burke was recognised for his services to the game, receiving a New Zealand Order of Merit.

In a statement this afternoon, New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey paid tribute to the former coach.

"The contribution that Peter gave to our game was immense," he said.

"After a dedicated playing career, Peter continued his involvement for decades to follow as a coach and administrator. Our game is better off because of men like Peter.

"Our thoughts are with his family and the Taranaki rugby community at this time."

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