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After making a winning All Blacks debut against France in 1986, Sean Fitzpatrick wasted no time in making a huge impression on the international stage.

Over the course of his career the Auckland hooker would go on to forge a reputation as one of the most feared and respected players of his generation.

The son of former All Black Brian Fitzpatrick, Fitzy started all six games at Rugby World Cup 1987 as New Zealand became the first nation to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.

Following the disappointment of the All Blacks’ semi-final exit at RWC 1991, the fiercely patriotic Fitzpatrick was awarded the captaincy, a role he performed in 69 of his 92 tests. Most memorably, he led the side to series wins over the British and Irish Lions, and for the first time in history, the Springboks in South Africa.

Fitzpatrick also won two Super Rugby titles with the Blues.

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    To be included into the World Rugby Hall of Fame alongside the greats of our special game is a wonderful honour and achievement not only for me but for all of my family, friends and fans that supported me on the most amazing journey.

    -Sean Fitzpatrick