The Prodigal Son of New Zealand lawn bowls is back after 10 years in the wilderness.

Gary Lawson's recall to the New Zealand team for the Asia-Pacific Championships in June – exactly 10 years since the infamous Asia-Pacific Championships of 2009 that led to his exile – is fattened calf of the Biblical story. But unlike the parable, where the father was always ready for the son's return – it's fair to say the door at Bowls NZ was tightly shut no matter how many times Lawson knocked.

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