The fan experience at New Zealand rugby has, by tradition, been very basic.

My father and I watched my first rugby test in 1959, at the Dominion Rd end of Eden Park. They called it a terrace, but it was actually just a muddy bank, which was as slippery and boggy underfoot as a race in a cowshed.

Things have improved since then, but it would be fair to say nobody goes to footy here for the dining or cultural experience, just for the game on the field.

So it was fascinating during the week to talk with Don Tricker,

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