New Zealand’s Sean Fitzpatrick is one of the giants of international rugby holding the world record for playing in 63 consecutive Test matches and being the All Blacks most capped hooker.
His extraordinary international career began with his debut for the All Blacks in 1986 against France. He was appointed captain of the All Blacks in 1992 and played in 121 international matches, including 92 Test matches, a New Zealand record. Sean also holds the record for most Test matches as an All Black captain (51) and has played in more Test match victories (74) than any other player.
One of the most durable Rugby Union players of all time, Sean Fitzpatrick was also one of the very best. Possessing excellent handling skills, he made a habit of popping up in the right place at the right time. He ended his career with an overall tally 55 points in Test matches, including 12 tries and he was phenomenally accurate with his lineout throws.
After making his international debut for New Zealand on June 28, 1986, he took part in the inaugural World Cup in 1987 when he enjoyed one of his best-ever rugby moments as the All Blacks went on to win the tournament final in Auckland against France. Thereafter, he missed only two Test matches over the next decade. He took over the All Black captaincy in 1992 and went on to become the second-most capped New Zealand player of all time. He played his 92nd and last international on November 29, 1997.
He was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit by the Governor General in 1997. At the end of 1999, Fitzpatrick was named as hooker in Rugby World magazine’s Team of the Century. In March 1999 Sean was appointed as ‘Rugby Consultant’ to the NZRFU responsible for player development and liaison. Sean is now based in the United Kingdom. He recently travelled on the Lions Tour as a pundit for Sky and is a regular columnist for the Sunday Times.
Sean is an outstanding speaker on motivation and teambuilding. His speech entitled ‘Be as successful as you can be’ encourages organizations to “benchmark themselves against the world’s best” and encourages continuous learning at both organizational and individual level.
1999 Named as hooker in Rugby World magazine’s Team of the Century
1997 Awarded New Zealand Order of Merit by the Governor General
1992 Appointed Captain of All Blacks
1987 Won World Cup with All Blacks
1986 All Blacks Debut
• Holds New Zealand record for international matches played (121) including 92 test matches
• Holds record for most Test matches as an All Black Captain (51)
• Second-most capped New Zealand player of all time