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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 June 2007, 07:06 GMT 08:06 UK
Legend Shelford battles cancer
Former All Blacks captain Wayne Shelford
Shelford played in the 1987 World Cup for New Zealand
All Blacks legend Wayne Shelford has been diagnosed with cancer.

The 49-year-old - who only lost one of his 22 Tests for New Zealand - has lymphoma, a form of cancer which affects white blood cells.

"We found out a month ago and he has five more months of treatment," his wife Jo told the Sunday Star Times newspaper in New Zealand.

"We are very positive and pleased with how the treatment is going but it has been a traumatic time for the family."

Shelford captained the All Blacks from 1987 to 1990 and the team never lost a match under his leadership.

He subsequently moved to England and played for Northampton and coached Saracens before leaving to return to New Zealand in 2003.

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