1985 Match Worn Jersey, swapped with Dave Loveridge by Nigel Melville
Provided by Dave Loveridge
Organisation: Old Boys-University rugby club
Dave Loveridge, known by many as Trapper, played 54 games for the All Blacks including 24 test matches. His international career spanned eight years from 1978 to 1985, making his test debut in a 13-12 win over Wales in Cardiff. Regarded as one of New Zealand’s greatest halfbacks, Loveridge also captained the All Blacks on 12 occasions.
Trapper is supporting the Old Boys-University rugby club in Wellington, where he has been involved in developing players and coaches for the past 15 years as a coach development officer. He says it is an opportunity to continue to give back to the game which gave so much to him.
“It’s the foundation of New Zealand rugby, grassroots rugby is really important to me. If I can help out at that level and support them then that would be great,” Loveridge says.
Having played club rugby in his hometown of Taranaki, as well as Auckland and now coaching in Wellington, Loveridge knows how important the grassroots level of the game is to rugby in New Zealand.
“Club rugby is really important for the New Zealand brand and we’ve just gotta keep it going and make it viable,” Loveridge says.