MIKE DE­LANY

NZ Rugby World - - 2017 The Year In Review -

When Bay of Plenty an­nounced they were bring­ing for­mer old boy Mike De­lany back for the 2017 season we thought noth­ing of it.

We had been big fans of De­lany back in the day – in the 2007-2010 pe­riod when he was [and in­deed won a soli­tary test cap] push­ing hard for na­tional in­clu­sion. He was al­ways a tidy yet ad­ven­tur­ous player when he was at the High­landers and Chiefs and he brought a steady­ing hand.

But we didn’t think much of him com­ing home be­cause we thought, with­out check­ing, that he was close to 35 and surely past it.

Shame on us. Shame. Shame. Shame. De­lany showed he still has plenty to o er

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