My mate ‘Catchy’ was the greatest halfback I ever saw

David Lord Columnist

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    When the news came through Friday that Wallabies legend Ken Catchpole had died at age 78 after a long illness memories flooded back.

    Born three weeks apart, the first time we met was in 1951, when Catchy was playing rugby in the Coogee Prep first XV and I was playing five-eighth for Mosman Prep.

    Catchy seemed to be in five places at once – if he wasn’t making a break, he was firing off bullet passes to his number ten or coming from nowhere with a diving tackle to stop a Mosman try.

    Just after half-time he had his ear torn from the top to halfway down. His father was understandably upset and wanted his son to go to hospital to have the deep wound stitched – his ear was just hanging.

    “No way,” said Catchy, “We’ll do it when the game is finished”.

    And that’s exactly what he did after his ear was reattached to his head with sticking plaster.

    I can’t remember the score, but Catchy was the difference – a big difference in a big scoreline; he was simply brilliant.

    We met again six years later when Catchy was at Scots and I was at Kings.

    We were the number ones in the GPS tennis final at White City and Catchy won the first eight points in a flash to lead two-love. Somehow I managed to find his measure to win the next 12 games and the final, so we ended our school careers at one apiece.

    But rugby fans didn’t have to wait long for his brilliance to shine through at senior level.

    After spending 1958 in the Randwick colts, where he was an obvious standout, Catchy walked into the club’s first-grade side, and he won his first NSW cap in 1959 and his first Wallaby cap in 1961.

    The latter should have been in 1959 too, but when he debuted for his country he was 21 years and 354 days old, and he was not only captain but coach as well, defeating Fiji.

    Needless to say, Catchy was magnificent.

    His 26 games for NSW and 27-cap Wallaby career – 13 as captain – came to a shuddering halt in 1968 at the hands of All Black Colin Meads at the SCG.

    Catchy’s leg was caught in a ruck and Meads walked off with the other, ripping Catchy in half from his groin to well up his spine – a horrific injury that thoroughly deserved a red card.

    The referee was Dr Roger Vanderfield, the boss of Royal North Shore Hospital, who knew exactly the enormity of Catchy’s suffering – and did nothing.

    Those of us at the ground that day have never forgiven Meads nor Vanderfield for the parts both played in ending the career of the greatest halfback to ever play international rugby.

    In an interview with Catchy six years ago, in the Green and Gold Greats series for ABC NewsRadio, I asked him how he felt about the career-ending incident.

    “Lordy, you know the story: what happens on the field, stays on the field,” was his reply without a hint of anger.

    Nothing but a smile. That was Ken Catchpole, not only a legend but a big man in the short body of a halfback.

    (Rugby Australia)

    Regardless of his shortened time in the gold jersey, the recognitions flowed, and they kept flowing.

    In 1985 he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, in 2003 he was among the inaugural five inductees into the Rugby Australia’s Wallaby Hall of Fame, in 2013 he received the double of the World Rugby Hall of Fame and he was one of the five inaugural inductees into Inside Rugby magazine’s Invincibles – the rugby equivalent of the rugby league Immortals.

    Catchy, Col Windon, Mark Ella, and David Campese were the four, all from the Galloping Greens of Randwick.

    Throw in an officer of the Order of Australia medal, a statue at the SCG and the Ken Catchpole Medal for the best and fairest of the Sydney Shute Shield competition – Catchy deserved every accolade.

    He read the game so well, his passing was as good as it got, and if his five-eighth, Phil Hawthorn, was being harassed by breakaways, Catchy would dive-pass 30 metres – all passes of every description were spot on for Hawthorn to run onto – smack into his belly button.

    And even though there wasn’t much of him, Catchy was a devastating defender, as he proved in South Africa by dive tackling big Bok centre John Gainsford into touch at the corner post.

    Everything about him was right off the top shelf.

    There was only one Ken Catchpole, and he will be sorely missed.

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    • December 23rd 2017 @ 5:59am
      Fionn said | December 23rd 2017 @ 5:59am | ! Report

      Thanks, David.

      • December 23rd 2017 @ 4:10pm
        Realist said | December 23rd 2017 @ 4:10pm | ! Report

        Thanks David for the self-gratifying reference to your tennis match and how good you were at school

        Has anyone ever found out whether you are actually related to Peter Pan ?

      • Roar Guru

        December 26th 2017 @ 1:59pm
        Cadfael said | December 26th 2017 @ 1:59pm | ! Report

        Not to sure about that. The year 12 (6th form as it was) did not come into NSW schools until 1962, so Catchy would have been in fourth and fifth years when he was at school.

    • December 23rd 2017 @ 8:30am
      sheek said | December 23rd 2017 @ 8:30am | ! Report

      Thanks David,

      great memories of a great player & man.

      • Columnist

        December 23rd 2017 @ 9:04am
        David Lord said | December 23rd 2017 @ 9:04am | ! Report

        Appreciate that sheek, it was one of my pleasures the day I introduced Catchy to my son Andrew some 30 years ago, they hit it off from that moment as kindred spirits.

        Catchy was impressed with Andrew’s grip on sport, while Andrew was well up to date with the legend’s long list of achievements.

        They shared many a beer over the years, now sadly, both are no longer with us.

    • December 23rd 2017 @ 9:12am
      Misha said | December 23rd 2017 @ 9:12am | ! Report

      Sad to hear of anyones passing but in the great Colin Meads defence – he was told that Catchpole was very well known for being on the wrong side of the rucks and obstructing the ball – and was asked by fellow teammates next time that happened to remove him to clear the balll – and he did so without knowing his leg was trapped. An unfortunate accident..Meads was tough but never dirty…

      • Columnist

        December 23rd 2017 @ 11:25am
        David Lord said | December 23rd 2017 @ 11:25am | ! Report

        Misha, this column is a tribute to a great man off the field, and a legend on it, so I can’t let you get away with a false story that surfaced over time to try and cover Colin Meads’ blatant thuggery.

        “He was tough, but never dirty” is also wrong, Meads was sent off the year before in the All Blacks-Scotland international at Murrayfield for dirty play.

        Meads got off scot free for what he did to Catchy, playing internationals for another three years, 11 as All Blacks captain when he should have been sent off at the SCG, and copped at least a six-month suspension.

        And there wouldn’t have been a knighthood to follow either.

        As for Catchy, his sparkling rugby career as the innocent party came to a shuddering halt, spending months in severe pain as his torn body took time to heal.

        The scales of justice, to this day, are planets apart.

        • December 23rd 2017 @ 11:38am
          Geoff said | December 23rd 2017 @ 11:38am | ! Report

          No David, you’re wrong. Meads didn’t know his other leg was trapped and it was an unfortunate accident. This breathless hysteria with which types such as yourself prattle on with this myth that it was deliberate is tremendously boring.

          Did you ever ask Meads about this during your “career”?

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            December 23rd 2017 @ 11:55am
            Nick Turnbull said | December 23rd 2017 @ 11:55am | ! Report

            Pull the other one Geoff! No wait Pinetree did.

            I was not at the game but I know people who were and some who even played in it. It has never been described as an ‘accident’ to me or any other person I know.

            • December 23rd 2017 @ 11:58am
              Ben said | December 23rd 2017 @ 11:58am | ! Report

              So heresay…….

              • Roar Guru

                December 23rd 2017 @ 12:02pm
                Nick Turnbull said | December 23rd 2017 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

                Rules of evidence are for court old boy. Do you honestly think Meads had an honest and reasonable belief that when he was effectively dissecting Ken he did not think he would do him an injury?

              • December 23rd 2017 @ 1:17pm
                Taylorman said | December 23rd 2017 @ 1:17pm | ! Report

                And you honestly think he didnt? I.e. Think thats its just not possible for a player to think he wasnt going to seriously injure him? That theres no room for any benefit of any doubt?

              • Roar Guru

                December 23rd 2017 @ 1:22pm
                Nick Turnbull said | December 23rd 2017 @ 1:22pm | ! Report

                Just really sit back and think about what you just said.

              • December 23rd 2017 @ 1:42pm
                Taylorman said | December 23rd 2017 @ 1:42pm | ! Report

                Youre saying Meads is a liar simply through association? That the probability is that he knew his action would severely injure him and curtail his career. Youre saying that is the most likely scenario here?

                Does that apply to all players?

                As you dont know what Meads thought we only have his comments.

                The most likeliest scenario here is a bunch of Aussies prefer to take that view as it seems to placate their feelings of anger.

                Understandable…typical human nature. Doesnt mean its right.

              • Roar Guru

                December 23rd 2017 @ 1:52pm
                Nick Turnbull said | December 23rd 2017 @ 1:52pm | ! Report

                He was effectively ripped in half. You can raise doubt if you like but I personally don’t think from accounts that it’s a reasonable one.

                Just think about it? What prudent and reasonable person could accept that Meads’ actions would do anything but place Catchpole in serious jeopardy of injury?

                I’m more than convinced on the balance of probabilities and even beyond any reasonable doubt that Meads’ actions were done intentionally.

                He can deny it, I don’t care. Legendary player of course but human and in my mind guilty of foul play that day.

              • December 26th 2017 @ 7:36pm
                Redsfan1 said | December 26th 2017 @ 7:36pm | ! Report

                Disgusting comment nut to be expected from a Kiwi rugby fan.

              • December 23rd 2017 @ 2:05pm
                Taylorman said | December 23rd 2017 @ 2:05pm | ! Report

                Fine, everyone has their opinions. Its also human to provide benefit of the doubt.

                In fact I find it amazing that if you think that is Meads thinking BEFORE the event why there werent dozens of careers ended during Meads 1957-71 Test career. I mean, what are the chances of just the one in that time? And how did it take that long?

                The mind boggles when you add this ‘balance of probabilities’ factor in there.

              • Roar Guru

                December 23rd 2017 @ 2:10pm
                Nick Turnbull said | December 23rd 2017 @ 2:10pm | ! Report

                He was given the benefit of the doubt, but as previously stated the evidence in my mind removes that benefit.

                Focus on the Catchpole incident if you can? That’s the incident in question. Not the otherwise remarkable career of Sir Colin Meads.

              • December 23rd 2017 @ 2:31pm
                Internal Fixation said | December 23rd 2017 @ 2:31pm | ! Report


                A few kiwis get very defensive and uptight about this.

                I’ll freely admit G and T Chapple cheated by bowling underarm.

                At that point in time Meads commited a deliberate act that was highly likely to seriously injure.

                You really should just admit it TM

              • December 23rd 2017 @ 3:26pm
                Taylorman said | December 23rd 2017 @ 3:26pm | ! Report

                Oh please. Wallow in your self pity if you want to. Inprefer not to tarnish the memories of either, but you two are welcome to.

              • December 23rd 2017 @ 4:02pm
                Internal Fixation said | December 23rd 2017 @ 4:02pm | ! Report

                I’m not thinking Meads intended the degree of damage he caused. I’m not thinking he went into the match intending to end a career.

                I suspect this is why Catchpole wants to forgive and forget.

                But to argue that at the very moment in time that Meads did this he had no idea of the potential consequence flys against all scientific evidence of the degree of injury caused.

                A moment of rage? White line fever? All possible.

                Meads made a terrible mistake. Many great people have. It also takes an equally great man to forgive.

            • December 24th 2017 @ 1:25pm
              Muzzo said | December 24th 2017 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

              Well I know it was an accident, as I have spoken with one of the players involved, & viewed the footage, of both incidents, involving Piney. Are you another that appreciates the media, or possibly the Murdoch media?

          • December 24th 2017 @ 2:54pm
            julius said | December 24th 2017 @ 2:54pm | ! Report

            @ Nick Turnbull
            “He was effectively ripped in half.”

            No he wasn’t. Stop being ridiculous. Catchpole was playing at full steam –alongside Colin Meads in Tonga —two years later. Without any rancour, I might add. Not so Australia’s rugby reporters, eager to deflect from another flogging by the ABs. The injury Catchpole suffered was almost identical to the one Nepo Laulala suffered two seasons ago–his came from a practice session.

            I watched the game in glorious black and white on TV back in the day. Only a dissembling idiot would consider Meads’ actions as a deliberate attempt to injure Catchpole. Reckless perhaps, but clearing the ball from a pile of bodies was normal in those days. That it all happened right in front of Australia’s greatest referee, somewhat demolishes your silly story.

            • December 25th 2017 @ 11:10am
              Nick Turnbull said | December 25th 2017 @ 11:10am | ! Report

              Your comment confirms your inability to accept evidence by those who played in the game, viewed the game live.

              You base your view on the refs inability to make the correct call as if he had infallibility and got it right. Clearly all officials don’t get it right every time and Vanderfield got it wrong.

              You know this defence of removing people from the ruck doesn’t stack at all. It was a deliberate act that put the player is serious jeopardy of injury, proven so.

              This idea of deflection of another AB’s defeat is Pish. I suspect you have little to no idea of what occurred from the view out of that one eye on your black and white.

              But as this is an opinion based website and I’m for free speech good on you for having your say. I don’t agree with it, and never will. Merry Christmas.

        • December 23rd 2017 @ 11:57am
          Ben said | December 23rd 2017 @ 11:57am | ! Report

          …and Meads was sent off for something the ref later apologised for being wrong…kicking a player.
          Have you watched it Lord?
          Kicked at the ball..but that doesnt suit your narative does it.
          If you’re looking for a modern day thug whos been red carded, go no further than Kepu…

        • December 23rd 2017 @ 12:34pm
          MH said | December 23rd 2017 @ 12:34pm | ! Report

          So basically while this is a tribute you also won’t pass up an opportunity to double down on perpetuating a myth.

          Meads passed this year, yet clearly you don’t seem to have a problem denigrating his name – what a shame you can’t show just an ounce of class these two giants of the game had

          • December 23rd 2017 @ 1:21pm
            Taylorman said | December 23rd 2017 @ 1:21pm | ! Report


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            December 23rd 2017 @ 1:30pm
            Die hard said | December 23rd 2017 @ 1:30pm | ! Report

            Well said.

        • December 23rd 2017 @ 1:57pm
          Taylorman said | December 23rd 2017 @ 1:57pm | ! Report

          And I cant allow you to taint the great Meads memory with your unfounded accusations. Meads went to his grave this year with a whole lot of angry Aussies publicly hatin?ng him. Of them, not one Ken Catchpole. Those are the only facts.

          Understand the anger, not the irresponsibility or timing in raising the incident now.

          This need to hate on Catchpoles behalf is unbecoming.

          Let….it…go. The players did, long ago.

          • December 23rd 2017 @ 3:26pm
            Cliff (Bishkek) said | December 23rd 2017 @ 3:26pm | ! Report

            TM, I have my doubts on Meads intentions, etc. But I bow to the Ken Catchpole Statement, “What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch”. End of story!!!

            That was how Rugby was played back then which these days players are called to account.

            As to, if anyone has to be held accountable for the Catchpole injury, no more can be said because both players, sad to say, have gone to play Rugby in Heaven!!

            Both were great players – end of story!!

          • December 23rd 2017 @ 3:27pm
            Taylorman said | December 23rd 2017 @ 3:27pm | ! Report

            Yep, agree. End of story.

          • Roar Guru

            December 23rd 2017 @ 4:01pm
            Nick Turnbull said | December 23rd 2017 @ 4:01pm | ! Report

            I’ve met Sir Colin. Nice bloke. I have a framed picture of him in my man room. Just so you know, I don’t hate him, nor New Zealand or New Zealander’s.

            Lose the xenophobic chip mate, have a great Christmas.

            • December 23rd 2017 @ 7:37pm
              Taylorman said | December 23rd 2017 @ 7:37pm | ! Report

              You too, just dont choke on that wish bone?

              • Roar Guru

                December 23rd 2017 @ 10:46pm
                Nick Turnbull said | December 23rd 2017 @ 10:46pm | ! Report

                But we’re having seafood….?

              • December 24th 2017 @ 5:08am
                Taylorman said | December 24th 2017 @ 5:08am | ! Report

                Good move then, thatll do it. ?

              • Roar Guru

                December 24th 2017 @ 11:02am
                Nick Turnbull said | December 24th 2017 @ 11:02am | ! Report

                Wush bone in a fush Bro? ?

          • Columnist

            December 24th 2017 @ 8:01am
            David Lord said | December 24th 2017 @ 8:01am | ! Report

            Taylorman, Colin Meads ended Catchy’s career – FACT.

            Nobody can write an obit on Catchy without mentioning that FACT.


            • December 24th 2017 @ 9:15am
              MH said | December 24th 2017 @ 9:15am | ! Report

              How does this ‘fact’ of yours reconcile then with another comment on a different thread on this site:

              “It’s sometimes forgotten that Catchpole’s encounter with Colin Meads at the SCG in 1968 was not the end of his rugby career. He worked hard to recover from his leg injury and, after a year, was ready to play for Randwick again.

              In 1971, he was picked in the Sydney team to play the touring Springboks but, in a Randwick-Eastern Suburbs match beforehand, he was kicked in the hand and had to withdraw from the Sydney team.”

              So if this is indeed true then his career wasn’t terminated by Meads – in fact it seems he got back to representative standard before getting injured again … I don’t understand why you’d want to drag down what you believe to be tribute by sullying the name of another true rugby great

            • December 24th 2017 @ 10:09am
              aussikiwi said | December 24th 2017 @ 10:09am | ! Report

              Using caps for the word FACT doesn’t turn an opinion into a FACT. You are sounding Trumpian.

            • December 24th 2017 @ 10:52am
              Taylorman said | December 24th 2017 @ 10:52am | ! Report

              Yes he did, its those spouting that he knew he was ending it beforehand that is NOT FACT. Didnt say it wasnt bad but those citing intention of serious injury need a brick.

              • December 24th 2017 @ 1:26pm
                Animal said | December 24th 2017 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

                The only view that counts is from thise who saw what happened at the scg. Those who watchedCatchy trying to run, which was a very long time after the incident, Said it was the most pitiful sight of a player Returning or attempting to come back from injury.
                The measure of the man was his acceptance in silence of his circumstances.
                i would like to think in his lifetime Sir Colin expressed some regret, remorse or contrition for what he did. If so we would not need to have this unfortunate reflection.

            • December 24th 2017 @ 1:30pm
              Muzzo said | December 24th 2017 @ 1:30pm | ! Report

              True David, but it was accidental!! Fact!!!

            • December 24th 2017 @ 2:57pm
              julius said | December 24th 2017 @ 2:57pm | ! Report

              Catchpole was playing again two seasons later–with Colin Meads as his team mate! Try telling the truth for a change.

            • December 24th 2017 @ 10:12pm
              rebel said | December 24th 2017 @ 10:12pm | ! Report

              Ben Darwin’s career was also ended by injury. By your reasoning Kees Meeuws is a thug who should be banned for life.

            • Roar Guru

              December 29th 2017 @ 9:06pm
              Fox Saker said | December 29th 2017 @ 9:06pm | ! Report

              No – but how you ‘mention’ that fact or taint or twist the other ‘facts’ surrounding it matter DL – period! And as mentioned below – it did not end his ‘rugby career’

              They were both two of the greats of their era – now that is a fact!

          • December 24th 2017 @ 10:29pm
            double agent said | December 24th 2017 @ 10:29pm | ! Report

            I’m sure Meads didn’t know he was going to ‘end his career.’ But I’ve no doubt it was reckless and he certainly knew he was causing pain and distress. In those times loads of players did crazy stuff. In League no one ever got tackled without getting punched as well.

        • December 23rd 2017 @ 4:16pm
          Misha said | December 23rd 2017 @ 4:16pm | ! Report

          What happened was certainly unfortunate – Meads said pulling players off the ball in rucks was done all the time on club rugby fields in those days but the fact that one leg was trapped was something he could never have been known about..His sending off against Scotland was a the video..Mead was right on the ball and flykicked at it as the flyhalf came forward and scooped it up – the contact on the flyhalf was mininal with no injury..wouldn’t even be worthy of a citation today. The ref subsequently apologised for the red card. Personally Meads played hard but fair and I think he played again with Catchpole in Tonga? where they were good friends – so it was never career ending as claimed. Rugged? sure – thug? No.

          • December 24th 2017 @ 10:35pm
            double agent said | December 24th 2017 @ 10:35pm | ! Report

            You’d have to be pretty thick,while tugging on one leg to forget the existence of the other.

        • December 23rd 2017 @ 4:44pm
          Noodles said | December 23rd 2017 @ 4:44pm | ! Report

          I doesn’t take much imagination to know that wrenching a players leg to the extent Catchpole’s was and the injuries caused cannot be accidental. The only reason Rugby doesn’t have constant terrible injury is that players know the limits.
          Meads clearly and obviously went way over the limit and should not be defended.

          • December 24th 2017 @ 1:21pm
            Muzzo said | December 24th 2017 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

            It’s very obvious,Noodles, you have never ever, spoken with either player, but rather believe the media BS, that is pumped out.

            • December 24th 2017 @ 5:42pm
              Noodles said | December 24th 2017 @ 5:42pm | ! Report

              That is true Muzzo. But I have spoken at length about this with players who were there. Two wallabies and one AB. None of them had any doubt. All of them wished that Meads had owned up.
              It does no one any good to whitewash this sort of thing. Especially now that the players are physically capable of so much more.

              • December 24th 2017 @ 6:05pm
                Muzzo said | December 24th 2017 @ 6:05pm | ! Report

                Well thats very different, from what I have heard, from one of the players, who was involved, along with a couple others, who were there. I’d rather take the reliable information, from who was involved, along with the footage i watched, at about the time it happened .I have also seen some of that old footage more than once, over the years, & it really doesn’t convince me, & others, that Meads did it intentionally. Seeing is believing, & the media here, did make it headlines, of it, to create an issue. Well after all, Catchpole, was back on the field again, within a couple of years or so, as others on this site, have already explained.

        • December 24th 2017 @ 1:13pm
          Muzzo said | December 24th 2017 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

          Nce little write up for the good little half back Ken Catchpole RIP, David, but how right he was by saying,”what happens on the field, stays on the field!!”. That is what the great man Piney Meads, RIP., had to say, with mostly anything involving the media.
          I myself, first met Colin, away from the field, in Dunedin, in a social environment, in which the great man & a legend of the game, made contact, with a friend of his, who was actually flatting with a friend of mine. The next few times that we met were in Turangi, in the centre of the Nth. Island, where he regularly attended after match functions at the Pihanga RC.
          As we all should know, there is always two sides to ever story, but in truth the media, really had a ball, in their crucifying of Piney, in which he virtually ignored, knowing what he did was purely accidental.
          As for his sending off at Murrayfield, there was NO red cards in those days, & that again was a ridiculous decision, as it was proven later, that Piney’s foot was going for the ball, not the players head, as the incompetent ref. made that decision on. But then again, they didn’t have the beauty of replays on the big screen back then.
          I did have the privilege of being able to speak with Piney, on both issues, along with other mates in attendance, & from how he has described both issues, & along with being able to see, with my own , eyes,footage, of both incidents, there really was no thuggery, as they were both accidents, in which does happen in the game, from time to time, even now.
          As you say David, you have spoken with Ken, but did you ever speak with Piney?. I never had the chance to speak with Ken, but you have already, spoken on his response!!

          • December 24th 2017 @ 10:37pm
            double agent said | December 24th 2017 @ 10:37pm | ! Report

            I have played against loads of blokes that are absolute XXXX’s on the field – I HATED them – but off the field and after the game have been terrific.

    • December 23rd 2017 @ 9:19am
      mickyt said | December 23rd 2017 @ 9:19am | ! Report

      Terrific article.

      While the Kiwis haven’t forgiven Quades RWC treatment of McGaw in NZ, they seem to go very quiet on Sir Colin and what he did to end the career. I did not know about the referee either. Such a shame. Would have loved to watch him play.

      • December 23rd 2017 @ 10:50am
        aussikiwi said | December 23rd 2017 @ 10:50am | ! Report

        Sad about Catchpole, and sad you want to make the thread about “the Kiwis”.

      • December 23rd 2017 @ 10:54am
        Taylorman said | December 23rd 2017 @ 10:54am | ! Report

        Perhaps the fact that it happened 49 years ago had something to do with that ‘quietness’. What are you after, do you want kiwis to bring it up every six months or so or something?

        Poorr comment, poor timing. This has nothing to do with Quade, he has other articles to fill comments up with, yet somehow he makes his way here.

        RIP Ken Catchpole. Sounds like a great bloke. We already know he was a great player.

        • December 23rd 2017 @ 12:46pm
          Jameswm said | December 23rd 2017 @ 12:46pm | ! Report

          Guys the Kiwis have clean hands. No one ever mentions underarm any more…

          • December 23rd 2017 @ 7:45pm
            rebel said | December 23rd 2017 @ 7:45pm | ! Report

            Surprisingly it has been mentioned twice now in this article including you, and neither by a kiwi.
            Go figure.

            • December 24th 2017 @ 10:56am
              Taylorman said | December 24th 2017 @ 10:56am | ! Report

              I thought it was hilarious at the time. I wasnt totally hooked on one day cricket yet when it happened but watching them discuss the underarm then doing it showed what beating NZ in a one day match meant to these guys.

              Geez I thought. They wanna win that much….as opposed to a draw that is…

              I think it did wonders for promoting the game cos after that I was hooked for a while.

              I mean you gotta laugh at that in the end surely. One of sports unique and genuine moments…gold!

              • December 30th 2017 @ 7:19pm
                Cliff (Bishkek) said | December 30th 2017 @ 7:19pm | ! Report

                TM – the crazy thing on the “underarm” – it was all in the rules!! Maybe they need to add “Under the Jumper” to the Rugby rules. Cheers and Happy New Year

            • December 24th 2017 @ 3:13pm
              Jameswm said | December 24th 2017 @ 3:13pm | ! Report

              Lighten up bud…

              • December 24th 2017 @ 10:24pm
                rebel said | December 24th 2017 @ 10:24pm | ! Report

                Thanks for interpreting my comment.

        • December 24th 2017 @ 1:31pm
          Muzzo said | December 24th 2017 @ 1:31pm | ! Report

          Agree totally T/man!! Cheers for the festive season mate!!

    • December 23rd 2017 @ 9:27am
      Animal said | December 23rd 2017 @ 9:27am | ! Report

      Tha nk you david lord for those words of tribute for the great Catchy. He was an inspliration to the rugby world.
      I had the great pleasure of seeing him play. I was at Scg and saw that terrible injury done to him. I have never forgotten that day.
      The best tackle ever has to be Catchys on the springbok winger who was reputed to have been running 10.2 for the 100. Catchy ran him down with a copybook dive tackle. Vale ken catchpole