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Donaldson was a very good player.

Why Sid Going was one of the most unique players to play for the All Blacks

If you weren’t from Northland?

Why Sid Going was one of the most unique players to play for the All Blacks

I’m not sure but I believe Sid invented that reverse pass? It’s not all that easy to do. Facing the forwards and spiralling the ball behind your back to the first five. Get the picture?

Why Sid Going was one of the most unique players to play for the All Blacks

You might be right but there is not the same emotional attachment towards Loveridge, Davis etc. Sid was a favourite of many because of how he played the game. Loveridge was a great player but is he remembered as fondly as Sid?

Why Sid Going was one of the most unique players to play for the All Blacks

He played to what was around him. If the forward pack had been weaker and the backs stronger, maybe his game would have been different.

Why Sid Going was one of the most unique players to play for the All Blacks

As an “entertainer” he was magic. That is what is lacking in Laidlaw, Lyn Davis etc.

Why Sid Going was one of the most unique players to play for the All Blacks

“I will always have time for the maverick, regardless.”

I like that. The mavericks change the world.

Why Sid Going was one of the most unique players to play for the All Blacks

Sure they had off days, but the good days were magic.

Why Sid Going was one of the most unique players to play for the All Blacks

Great reply thanks.

Why Sid Going was one of the most unique players to play for the All Blacks

Can I be really cheeky and ask your name?

Why Bryan Williams is my rugby hero

Great comment El Flash.
Can we ask what teams you played with him and against? If you toured and roomed with him, it must have been at a reasonably high level? My apologies if I am being nosy!
Never met him, but he just had an aura and an impression of being a good person.

Why Bryan Williams is my rugby hero

I’m not sure what it is? age, loss of interest. I don’t know, but I can’t get the same feeling about todays players. They had an aura about them back then. Maybe I’m a silly old fool?

Why Bryan Williams is my rugby hero

No good leaving your best performances on the training track.

Why Bryan Williams is my rugby hero

Will they be revered in 10, 20 years time? Maybe Smith? I don’t know.

Why Bryan Williams is my rugby hero

Yes I took the hint, my apologies for not calling him Sir BeeGee!

Why Bryan Williams is my rugby hero

I used to get up with my father, my mother made toasted sandwiches and we watched the game. Good memories. Were the players legends at the time or after they retired? Because right now I cannot find any legends in the All Blacks?

Why Bryan Williams is my rugby hero

What a great experience.

Why Bryan Williams is my rugby hero

I believe Frank was not all that big either. Maybe their reputation and deeds make them “big”. I remember standing next to Danny Morrison (cricketer for those who don’t know) and I’m sure he was my height, and I am a short arse!

Why Bryan Williams is my rugby hero

Maybe they have got better with time, but they just seem so legendary.

Why Bryan Williams is my rugby hero

I believe that us why I get pissed off with the modern game. You don’t see the Batty’s, Goings or Williams.

Why Bryan Williams is my rugby hero

Thanks.

Why Bryan Williams is my rugby hero

Thank you.

Why Bryan Williams is my rugby hero

Unfortunate to hear. Who knows what someone is like until you get to know them better.

Why Bryan Williams is my rugby hero

Yes, I was there too. They got some huge crowds there.

Why Bryan Williams is my rugby hero

The “running up the hills” is a great motivator. It has worked for me, getting into the 1st XV, even used to become a manager-if I get up this hill I will become a manager!

Why Bryan Williams is my rugby hero

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