New Zealand 101 – Italy 3
A game that wasn’t without some touch judge averageness.
Rich Irvine’s tale from the 1999 RWC is a reminder that “Rugby is not really the point of *this* story.”
His story begins….
“This was the 1999 world cup of John Hart, new jerseys and All Black front-row painted jumbo jets, not to mention hubris, over-confidence and pride before a fall. I was living in London at the time and had the ‘pool pack’ of tickets for NZ v Tonga in Bristol, the match versus England at Twickenhamand NZ v Italy up at Huddersfield.
We were a group of five chaps, mostly from Hamilton, all fans of rugby, travelling, drinking and average behavior.”
Contributed by Rich Irvine – @richirvine