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Monday, 12 April 2010

Class players

Letter 15

From http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/letters/article7094798.ece

(They managed to get my name wrong, but at least it is correct in the paper version)

Sir, Morgan Rees (letter, April 9) rightly points out that not all amateur rugby union players were middle class. As well as the 1905 Welsh team that defeated the All Blacks, he might have cited the New Zealanders themselves.

In 1987 they won the World Cup on a Saturday afternoon. On the Monday morning Craig Green waited outside his house, packed lunch in hand, for his mates to pick him up on the way to work on a building site, while Zinzan Brooke went back to work as a roofer in a working-class suburb of Auckland.

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