It was a rite of passage at my rugby-playing school in Scotland…. going to watch the touring New Zealand All Blacks in Edinburgh.
And I was counting down from weeks out to see Graham Mourie’s all-conquering rugby team finish off their itinerary at Murrayfield.
And listening to Timmy Teague’s promises that he would go onto the pitch and do the pre-war Haka war dance with the players.
I got a flashback of Timmy as I heard of the return of rugby to the Land of the Long White Cloud with the Highlanders beating the Chiefs 28-27.
A thrilling match with the Highlanders stealing it at the end.
And best of all it was played out in front of 20,000 rugby nuts, with no need for face masks or social distancing.
Nirvana, and a country where we’ll all be flocking to www.newzealand.com when we get the chance.
￼I have a hankering to visit Mangaotaki and the other locations used by Peter Jackson for Middle-Earth in Lord of the Rings.
Where my old colleague and singing partner from Rising Star Karaoke Bar https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/things-to-do/entertainment/rising-star-karaoke and Aaawlando… Orlando, the rollercoaster capital Eoin played rugby.
Lord of the throw-ins?
‘Mr Brightside’ loved it and also learned the Haka… every rugby team in New Zealand practises it in training.
Timmy could have done with some practical too… he was hopefully out of sync.
But he did do it. And the police allowed him back in to watch the second half of the game.
He’d have been as well missing it. Scotland were hammered.
But there’s nothing new about that.
Now you want to explore how to get out there.
Well, I’d always recommend G Adventures www.gadventures.co.uk while check major airlines for flights and conditions.
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