It turned out that he’d played 45 tests for the All Blacks

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It’s always nice to catch up with old friends and see how they’re getting on, see what life has thrown at them – maybe even compare fortunes.

A few years back, I went to play rugby in New Zealand and made some mates for life. One of them got in touch through Twitter this week.

What have you been up to, I asked?

‘Ah this and that bro, carried on playing rugby in NZ, did okay...now I’ve moved to France’.

Turns out he played 45 tests for the All Blacks and scored 29 tries.

‘What about you?’ he retorted.

It’s amazing how much gloss one can put on winning the Hampshire Cup with Portsmouth Veterans RFC.

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