From black to blue for Os­borne

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For­mer All Black Glen Os­borne says the signs weren’t good early on.

The 44-year-old, a one-time TV per­son­al­ity, who played 29 matches, in­clud­ing 19 tests, for the All Blacks be­tween 1995 and 1999, de­scribed grad­u­at­ing with his re­cruit wing, No 298, at the Royal New Zealand Po­lice Col­lege in Porirua on Thurs­day.

It was an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing, he said.

‘‘Since I was a kid I al­ways wanted to be in a black jer­sey, and I did that, but now I’m in a blue one.

‘‘My life has taken me down dif­fer­ent av­enues and I’m 44, but it’s so awe­some to be here today.

‘‘I’ve had 30 years of no study and there are [re­cruits] here in their 20s, who’ve been to univer­sity, and they know how to do it. Un­der­stand­ing the law and other po­lice pro­cesses was tough.

‘‘Since I was a kid I al­ways wanted to be in a black jer­sey... and now I'm in a blue one.’’

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