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Last Updated: Monday, 5 June 2006, 00:54 GMT 01:54 UK
Umaga shocked by Queen's honour
Tana Umaga pictured in January when he announced his Test retirement
Umaga is a revered figure in NZ
Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga has been recognized for services to rugby in the New Zealand Queen's Birthday honours list.

Umaga, who retired from Test rugby in January, was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

"It's a very proud moment for myself and my family," he said. "It's come as a bit of a shock, but it's put a smile on my face."

Umaga scored 36 tries in 74 Tests for the All Blacks, the last 21 as captain.

In 2005 he led the All Blacks to a series win over the Lions, the Tri-Nations title and a 'grand slam' over the home unions in Britain and Ireland.

New Zealand Rugby Union chairman Jock Hobbs, who guided New Zealand's successful bid for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.



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