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Seoul 1988 - This is the 4th of nine Summer Olympic Games Keith Quinn has attended

The goodbye letter written in Seoul. We have shifted house since then. The address no longer applies.

Seoul 1988 - This is the 4th of nine Summer Olympic Games Keith Quinn has attended

18 June 2016

When I think back to the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, a number of images jump immediately from my old memory bank. Yes there were crowded streets of the great Korean city and locals staring at us visitors. Probably because of our pale faces and funny freckles. Read more »

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Los Angeles 1984 - This is the 3rd of nine Summer Olympic Games Keith Quinn  has attended

Los Angeles 1984 - This is the 3rd of nine Summer Olympic Games Keith Quinn has attended

6 June 2016

*Your website editor has been chosen to commentate on rugby's return to the Summer Olympic Programme, in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.  His commentaries on the sevens will be part of the host broadcaster coverage for OBS (Olympic Broadcasting Service) the official broadcast TV outlet of the IOC. This will be my tenth Summer Olympic Games. I am publishing here my personal stories and memories of the previous nine Games I have been to.* Read more »

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Sir Colin Meads Turns 80 years old in 2016; born 3rd June 1936 - and still going strong.

My favourite picture of Meads in action. After he was kicked in the head v France in Paris in 1967, he returned to the field with bandaged head to get the 'baaaastard' who did it!

Sir Colin Meads Turns 80 years old in 2016; born 3rd June 1936 - and still going strong.

2 June 2016

It still reads very proudly; Meads played for his country over a span of 15 seasons; No one played longer. His full record of first-class rugby is listed here. Read more »

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Yet Another Newly Announced 15s All Black was a Gordon Tietjens' NZ Sevens Player first. The full list of similar 'Titch picks' really adds up...

The HSBC World Sevens Rugby Series - A truly Global tour but Won by 'Titch NZ teams' 12 times in the first 17 seasons.

Yet Another Newly Announced 15s All Black was a Gordon Tietjens' NZ Sevens Player first. The full list of similar 'Titch picks' really adds up...

30 May 2016

The first 15-aside All Blacks squad of 2016 has been released by the NZRU. Ardie Savea is one of 6 confirmed new caps. Which means he’s also now a member of another ‘exclusive’ New Zealand rugby club; those who were picked first by Gordon Tietjens as New Zealand sevens reps. That list is now climbing fast towards 50 players. Below is my up-date list of ‘Titch’ All Blacks – or rather – the list of ‘he saw them first All Blacks!’ Read more »

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Peter Sellers - A Man Much Bigger Than Any 'Bloody Pie' Story.

Peter Sellers - Awarded a QSM (Queen's Service Medal) for his work in reporting sport on New Zealand radio.

Peter Sellers - A Man Much Bigger Than Any 'Bloody Pie' Story.

26 April 2016

When I attempt to write a tribute about the late New Zealand broadcaster Peter Sellers it is very hard to know where and how to start. Firstly, anyone who is reading this who lives offshore from New Zealand might be saying now, ‘wasn’t Peter Sellers that very funny and talented British actor/comedian of the 1960s? Didn’t he die in 1980?’ Read more »

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Bravo Canada Rugby! Your new Sevens event set new world standards!

Lovely playing surface; Roof closed to keep out the rain; Aging commentator happy - Well done Canada Rugby!

Bravo Canada Rugby! Your new Sevens event set new world standards!

23 March 2016

In many ways it took the city of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada to set several new standards for hosting and staging tournaments of the HSBC World Sevens series. Read on... Read more »

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