Good Friday last year in Wellington. In the stand for the Hurricanes-Chiefs game are All Blacks selectors Ian Foster and Grant Fox.

They've got a bunch of names to look at but are particularly keen to see 22-year-old Chiefs prop Aidan Ross.

But just 17 minutes into the game, Ross' teammate Angus Ta'avao stumbles and falls on Ross' right ankle, which snaps. Ross lies face down in agony, they give him oxygen and he leaves the field on a medicab. His season is over.


And then, as Foster recalled this week, "on ran the big fella".

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