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Peters Pays Tribute To Ken Going

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8 August 2008

Peters Pays Tribute To Ken Going

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says he is saddened at the passing of former All Black and New Zealand Maori player Ken Going.

"Ken was well known, and highly respected, by all those who follow rugby; not just in Northland, but throughout New Zealand," said Mr Peters.

"There are a few former players around the world who will also remember Ken; quite likely with a wince in memory of a tackle that stopped them in their tracks.

"To play for your country is the highest recognition there is, and Ken played three matches for the All Blacks on the tour to Great Britain in 1974. He was also a proud member of the Maori side for many years, playing 24 matches.

"From the early 60s through to the mid 70s, Ken epitomised what Northland rugby was all about. He was fast, exciting, skilful, and direct.

"It could be best summed up as a pure love of playing the game, and Ken and his brothers Sid and Brian were at the very heart of it.

"There was plenty of Kauri in Ken too. He could be rugged on defence, and able to look after himself when the ref wasn’t any help.

"Ken was one of the provincial greats of New Zealand rugby. He personified the approach that has made our brand of game famous and feared throughout the world.

"Ken will be missed and my thoughts are with his family as they mourn his passing."


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