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Yes, I remember going to watch him in the 77 Lions tour first game which was in Masterton.

Probably was the coldest day I have had at Rugby, snow was on the ground in the morning and the coldest southerly was blowing.

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Those 2 tours, 71 as well, were legendary, when rugby was alive and well in NZ, and a direct parallel with racing.  They also played many of the lesser unions mid week.  If you were a rugby fan, then you listened to all those games mid week on the radio 

 Went to quite a few of both the 71 and 77 tour matches

3 of the test grounds, no longer exist, Carisbrook, Athletic Park and Lancaster Park.

Sad to see he has passed on

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2 hours ago, Hesi said:

71 as well, were legendary, when rugby was alive and well in NZ, and a direct parallel with racing.

Yep, they trained one afternoon at Rongotai College in my last year. They were a bunch of naughty boys on tour and I think Phil was one who got into trouble. I think they got a bit amourous towards some of the provincial players wives from memory. Very good team though and some classic games.

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