Perry Harris was an honest provincial slugger – a solid prop for Manawatu never noticed by national selectors or the wider rugby fraternity.
He was basking in the glory of Manawatu's Ranfurly Shield win against Auckland in 1976 when, two days later, he was called to South Africa by the All Blacks.
The All Blacks had been hit with multiple injuries but no one, least of all Harris, thought he'd be the man called to the rescue.
Four days after arriving, he was in the starting XV for the third test. The truly