Comment did you arrive at the LOU?
“I was contacted by Murray Kidd, who played in LOU. The experience tempted me. I wanted to discover a different rugby and a different culture. I wanted to know if I could adjust to another life away from New Zealand. I stayed in Lyon for a year and a half. The second season, I returned with Richard Loe in my suitcases. The coaches wanted a good pillar. Richard became an important player for the All Blacks suite. »
“I ended up in the ambulance in Bourg!” »
How was your stay in Lyon?
“I loved Lyonnais cuisine and Beaujolais!” Life was beautiful in Lyon, even though the weather wasn’t always good. I remember being stuck in my apartment for three weeks because of the snow and then the cold. It was -20 ° C! We hadn’t trained for a month. »
The LOU was then playing in the second division. How did you find the level of French rugby at the time?
“It simply came to our notice then.