Partying like it’s 1999

14 October 1999, McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield

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.”

And continues here.

Contributed by Rich Irvine – @richirvine


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