They are mad over there. Went to the place where the battle from the narnia film took place. Loads of rocks, etc. As we were leaving two lads with mattresses were walking up from the car park so we decided to hang around for a bit to see what they're were up to. I kid you not they climbed up this 20+ foot rock with the mattress, stood at the top with it held in front of them and dived off. »
When I started playing senior rugby it was semi-pro at best and there were quite a few players about who were there because they were genuinely hard men but couldn't play rugby for toffee. Slightly unstable and scary coz we didn't have the big screen to watch our every moves. Anyone remember Leighton Gerrard? When we faced the Haka back then it really had an effect on players like that and definitely got in their heads but as the game changed it became less so. »
He'd have got in most of the teams I've played in and that includes ousting some quality players but from my experience in NZ their 'big' guys have to work twice as hard on their conditioning. Naturally BIG men. I reckon quite a few potential big names don't make it through lack of motivation
We'd heard bits about him. The set up back then, 93 I think, was about as unprofessional as you could get (definitely in Wales) but we were told a bit about their team, especially some 'giant winger' who'd be wreaking havoc in their home internationals. Our back line was tiny so when we found out he wasn't playing I think we all let out a sigh of relief. It was academic though, they were to a man far bigger and stronger than any other u18 team we played against. Don't get me wrong I'm far from a small man and (was) pretty damn fit but their strength and conditioning was an eye opener.