It was just before the start of the 1987 Rugby World Cup that All Blacks assistant coach John Hart called us to one side.
New Zealand was still deeply divided by the Cavaliers' trip to South Africa the previous
year, following so soon after the highly controversial Springboks tour to the country in 1981.
On top of that, we had been well beaten in our last outing - the ill-tempered "battle of Nantes" against the French late in 1986. So when the World Cup finally came around, we were desperate for redemption, a chance to show our people – and the