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David Kirk
New Zealand
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Full name David Edward Kirk
Born October 5, 1960, Wellington
Current age 54 years 48 days
Major teams Oxford University, New Zealand
Position Scrum-half
Height 5 ft 8 in
Weight 161 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1985-1987 17 17 0 24 6 0 0 0 14 3 0 82.35
Bledisloe Cup 1985-1987 5 5 0 4 1 0 0 0 3 2 0 60.00
IRB Rugby World Cup 1987-1987 6 6 0 20 5 0 0 0 6 0 0 100.00

Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Jun 1, 1985 match details
Last Test Australia v New Zealand at Sydney, Jul 25, 1987 match details
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New Zealand's World Cup-winning captain, Kirk was renowned for his thoughtful character as much as his appetite for a sniping break. A scrum-half with Otago and Auckland, he courted controversy among some of his peers when refusing to tour South Africa with the rebel Cavaliers in 1986 but later captained the 'Baby Blacks' against Australia and France, while the tourists were serving a suspension. At the World Cup he overcame indifference to his talents, the selectors at times preferred Jock Hobbs before he was ruled out with concussion, and also the fact that Andy Haden was made captain for the tournament, to lead the All Blacks to their only title. Haden's injury before their opener against Italy opened the door for Sean Fitzpatrick at hooker and Kirk as skipper and neither looked back. Kirk played one further Test following their final win over France, against Australia, before packing his bags for Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship. He played in the 1987 and 1988 Varsity matches, winning the second.

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Aug 10, 2007
Former All Black skipper David Kirk
Former All Black skipper David Kirk
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Jun 20, 1987
All Black captain David Kirk lifts the Rugby World Cup
All Black captain David Kirk lifts the Rugby World Cup
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Jun 20, 1987
David Kirk dives in to score against France
David Kirk dives in to score against France
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Jun 20, 1987
David Kirk lifts the Webb Ellis Cup
David Kirk lifts the Webb Ellis Cup
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