All Black cap with white tassle
Bruce McLeod earned his cap by being an All Black hooker from 1964 until 1970, but he never received the real thing. Capping was a practice initiated by the New Zealand Amateur Athletics Association in 1887 and adopted by other sports. While the term ‘being capped’ persevered the awarding of actual caps went into abeyance.
Recently the New Zealand Rugby Union has revived the practice and are presenting real caps retrospectively. Bruce McLeod died in 1996 at the age of 56 so this cap was received by his family.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 New Zealand License