Thinking and talking about rugby every day for 50+ years
13 May 2016
Maybe 15 years ago, shortly after the great Zinzan Brooke retired from test rugby he did a series of rugby luncheons and dinners around New Zealand. They were sponsored by Ronald McDonald House and at them Zinny regailed the audiences in fine style with his many stories, yarns and rugby tour memories. One of his best memories was how he originally was named Zinzan Valentine Brooke by his family; then later he became known just by the shortened 'Zinzan Brooke' and later still when a great national presence grew in recognition of his enormous All Black talent he was known by young and old by gthe very friendly 'Zinny.'
I was the MC at the Wellington luncheon and I leaned across at one point and asked Zinzan to please sign the menu for my son. (Of course I knew damn well it was for me actually) The great man obliged with all three signatures of the unique 'naming' story he had just told the crowd.
I liked this - as a record of Zinny's quirky manner. And I wonder if it is a rare piece indeed - not worth much in monetary terms but in rugby terms - priceless!
NZ had to go to Brisbane for this Sunday game; the ABs scored 8 tries to 1! Winning the first World Cup was now only a week away!
Bridgend and Wales
30 internationals for Wales 1975–81
4 internationals for British Isles 1977
A hard-running midfield back whose consistency of play and continuity in the Welsh team led to his breaking an 83-year-old Welsh record: his 30 caps overtook the previous record of 25 as a centre set by the great Arthur Gould in 1897.
Fenwick made his debut for Wales v France in 1975. In 1978–79 he scored 38 points in the Five Nations series, which equalled the best scored by any player from any country. He toured New Zealand with the 1977 British Isles, playing in all four test matches.
After captaining Wales in its centenary fixture with New Zealand in 1980, Fenwick was dropped in the 1980–81 season. He later went over to rugby league, in which he also represented Wales.
Who said; 'Rugby League is a simple game played by simple people. Rugby Union is a complex game played by wankers?'