The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Simba’s on song for All Blacks


THE star of the West End’s Lion King, Nick Afoa, will fly to Auck­land to sing the New Zealand na­tional an­them be­fore the fi­nal Test, The Mail on Sun­day can re­veal. Afoa grew up with dreams of be­com­ing an All Blacks star and played at the Un­der-19s World Cup. His ca­reer was ended pre­ma­turely by a knee in­jury but he has since rein­vented him­self on the Lon­don stage.

FOR­MER Le­ices­ter scrum-half Jamie Hamil­ton could be the All Blacks’ se­cret weapon. The Sur­rey­born 46-year-old was never capped by Eng­land but has made huge steps up the coach­ing lad­der. He be­came one of the first video spe­cial­ists and is now per­for­mance an­a­lyst for the All Blacks.

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