It was great to see All Black legend Zinzan Brooke back at Redruth last Saturday.
The former All Black No.8 played on the ground back in 1993 for the All Blacks against England SW, a game won by the tourists 19-15 thanks to a Jamie Joseph try and the boot of Matt Cooper who kicked a conversion and four penalties.
The game will also be remembered as being very physical with future England captain Phil de Glanville sustaining a nasty eye injury.
Brooke who had played 21 tests up to this point, went on to amass 58 caps for New Zealand. Brooke’s scoring feats weren’t just confided to scoring tries, he loved a drop-goal famously knocking one over against England in South Africa during the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
The former All Black, who was in Redruth for a speaking engagement, presented the man-of-the-match award to Redruth’s Sam Matavesi at the conclusion of the Reds’ game against Bury St. Edmunds, he also gave BBC Radio Cornwall’s Peter Richmond an exclusive interview.