Zinzan Brooke makes a nostalgic return to Hell fire corner

All-Blacks legend Zinzan Brooke presents the man of the match award to Sam Matavesi of Redruth during the National 2 South match between Redruth and Bury St Edmunds at the Recreation Ground on 7th October 2017, Redruth, Cornwall – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis

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.

 

All Blacks Legend Zinzan Brooke being interviewed by Peter Richmond on BBC Radio Cornwall during the National 2 South match between Redruth and Bury St Edmunds at the Recreation Ground on 7th October 2017, Redruth, Cornwall – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis

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.

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