Murray Mexted
Mexted talking to a fan at the Westpac Stadium
Birth nameMurray Graham Mexted
Date of birth (1953-09-05) 5 September 1953 (age 70)
Place of birthWellington, New Zealand
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb)
SchoolTawa College
UniversityVictoria University
Notable relative(s)Graham Mexted (father)
SpouseLorraine Downes (1986-2001)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
New Zealand
New Zealand Cavaliers
34 (16)

Murray Graham Mexted (born 5 September 1953) is a former New Zealand rugby union player who played 34 consecutive tests for the All Blacks from 1979 to 1985. He also played 38 non-test games including 7 as captain. During his time with the All Blacks, he wore the Number eight jersey and was considered an excellent ball winner and an effective defender.

In 1986, his biography, Pieces of Eight, was published, and he married Miss Universe Lorraine Downes. The couple separated in 1999. In recent years, he has retained a high profile as a television colour commentator. Mexted's father, Graham Mexted, was also a New Zealand rugby union international who won one full cap in 1950.[1] Prior to his rugby career, Mexted worked at his family's car dealership.[2][3]


  1. ^ Luxford, Bob. "Murray Mexted". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  2. ^ Toby Robson (29 May 2010). "Murray Mexted's vision a global success". Stuff.
  3. ^ "About". Mexted Motors.