By Ben Stanley

Flanked by their partner and kids, there will be plenty of Kiwi teachers getting up early - or staying up late - to watch the Rugby World Cup this September, October and November.

Less than two years ago, Auckland's Paul Lasike was expecting to be one of them.

Having gone from Waikato youth rugby rep and Mormon missionary in Alabama, to one of a small clutch of New Zealanders to play in the high pressure, high profile world of the NFL, he already had a cracking yarn to tell.


Back then, the former Chicago Bears fullback, who