Mac McCallion farewelled in Papakura by SAS and rugby communities

Mac McCallion farewelled in Papakura by SAS and rugby communities

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Former Maori All Black captain
and respected coach Mac McCallion has been laid to rest. His funeral drew
a large number of mourners who came to pay respects
to the man credited with shaping rugby stars
like Jonah Lomu and Errol Brain. Tamati Rimene-Sproat was also there
and filed this report. Some of rugby’s greatest
have gathered in Auckland to farewell one of their own. Warrick Lee McCallion, former Maori All Black passed away
on Tuesday from cancer. Today rugby greats came to celebrate
the man they called Mac. He grew up in Murupara,
and Ngati Porou is his iwi. His rugby roots
are in South Auckland though, at his club Counties Manukau. A veteran of the Vietnam war, it was no surprise the masses paid
their respects at the Papakura RSA. Dear Mac, rest in peace. Tamati Rimene-Sproat, Te Karere.

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