Kurt Bayer is a Herald reporter based in Christchurch

Former All Blacks beat Thai ladyboys in elephant polo match

Former All Blacks play against Thai ladyboys
Former All Blacks play against Thai ladyboys

A group of former All Blacks have beaten a team of Thai ladyboys in an elephant polo match.

The ex-rugby stars team, captained by Robin Brooke, and included Olo Brown and Charles Riechelmann, went trunk to trunk with the Miss Tiffany Beauty Queens in Thailand at the weekend.

After a rousing haka which was faced down by the glamorous and tidily-attired opposition, the retired sports stars proved too big and too strong, running away with the opening match of the King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in the Thai seaside resort of Hua Hin, 7-2.

And the rugby players enjoyed the hit out.

"It's good fun. We really had a great time out there," said former loosehead prop Brown, who played 69 matches for the All Blacks.

The annual event raises money for elephant projects across Thailand.


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