A LIONS TAMER

Rugby World - - WA R R E N G A T L A N D -

“The whole Waikato front row had flat-top hair­dos. We all went to the same bar­bers in Hamil­ton – we used to go in to­gether. I know the hair­dressers is still there but I don’t know if they still do the same flat tops!

“That day was un­be­liev­able. We were so pumped up in the chang­ing room and we re­ally tore into the Scot­tish tight five. The crowd were awe­some and I was lucky enough to get a try (in a 38-10 win). I also re­mem­ber that Will Car­ling was ex­cel­lent that day; in a Lions team that was strug­gling he stood out.”

“Wasps were bet­ter in 2003 when we beat Stade Français on the way to Chal­lenge Cup suc­cess. But the Heineken Cup win a year later (v Toulouse) was a great day.

“It will prob­a­bly never hap­pen again but we didn’t use any subs. We thought there was go­ing to be ex­tra-time and wanted some fresh legs. Then Rob How­ley scored.

“Six days later we beat Bath 10-6 in the Premier­ship fi­nal. It’s one of my great­est achieve­ments as a coach – win­ning the Euro­pean Cup and then the Premier­ship af­ter a six-day turn­around. That time at Wasps was re­ally spe­cial.”

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