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In a moving ceremony, Sir Wilson was described as a loving father, inspirational sportsman and successful businessman.
Rugby legends were among the crowds farewelling All Blacks great Sir Wilson Whineray at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell this afternoon.
Former players Sir Colin Meads, Sir Brian Lochore, Waka Nathan and John Graham were among them. Dean of Auckland, the Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore, said the hundreds filling the cathedral were "a tribute" to the significant life led by Sir Wilson and a symbol of the "immense respect" for him.
Sir Wilson, considered one of the greatest All Blacks, is survived by his wife Lady Elisabeth and children James, Kristen and Susan. He died at Auckland City Hospital on Monday, aged 77.