Most Famous people you have played sport with ( or had breakfast with), or are related to.



  • My Onewhero Under 17 teams and under 19 teams used to have pre season games against Waiuku first fifteen and there was some skinny kid at first five making these huge kicks and he happened to end up helping the All Blacks win the 2011 World cup

    Six degrees of separation. Some of my teammates from the Pukekohe Under 17's champion team as well as my mate who was at St Stephens played in a Counties Under 16 team who included some promising players by the name of Donald, Afoa, Kaino and Rokocoko.

    I played a pre season game against Otorohanga B's a couple of years ago and Liam Squire was having a run.

    In my family tree I have Dave Loveridge and Arnold Palmer. If he was any good I could include Chris Eaton too.



  • I also know John Spiers quite well. I played rugby with his son and he used to buy wool from my dad.



  • @mikedogz said in Most Famous people you have played sport with ( or had breakfast with), or are related to.:

    I also know John Spiers quite well. I played rugby with his son and he used to buy wool of my dad.

    Your Father was Wooly?



  • Dad was a sheep farmer ๐Ÿ‘



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  • Propped against RWC-winning Wallaby, Tony Daly, one day. That was directly when I had to play tighthead prop. In the earlier round I came on at loosehead and he was loosehead for the other side.

    He is an utter shitc*nt. So I kept giving him post-match beers at our pub, hoping he'd get done DUI on the way home.



  • I bumped into Richie at the HK 7s.

    That's me.

    That's over a year ago now, but I bet he's still telling his mates about it.



  • @mikedogz you should have asked Howard Morrison this question before he croaked. His answer would have been...



  • Lyn Gunson NZ netball player & coach, who used to be married to John Parker. We still have a bat he scored a test century with at Mum & Dads place.

    Ella Gunson hockey Commonwealth gold medalist

    Worked with Greg Sommerville for a while after he retired from rugby.

    Tim Southee - we went to Waiotira Primary School with the Southeeโ€™s. Played one t20 game with him for Maungakaramea a few years back. He scored 99* batting at 3.



  • Could name drop extensively as I was lucky enough to have played club rugby in Auckland and Waikato at a time when rep players still made the odd game for their club.

    So if I was able to pick from all my opposition over seven years I'd be able to field a team good enough to choke at a RWC semifinal (with some of said opposition good enough actually won the thing). I'd nearly have a backup team capable of making the quarters too. A few internationals from other countries would need to slip in to help.

    I qualify the above by saying I wasn't very good at average to not quite average clubs and spent as much time in Reserves/Senior B as I did Sen A.



  • @gunner said in Most Famous people you have played sport with ( or had breakfast with), or are related to.:

    We still have a bat he scored a test century with at Mum & Dads place.

    It's going to be hard for anyone to top you having test cricket played at your parents. Owesome!



  • Expected to see @jegga all over this one..



  • @virgil said in Most Famous people you have played sport with ( or had breakfast with), or are related to.:

    Expected to see @jegga all over this one..

    I'll do it for you Virg:

    "Here we go".



  • Had breakfast with Joseph Parker randomly in hotel in Dunedin while away for work.

    Played a lot of golf with Mike Hendry and Guy Wilson (Lydias first and best coach) while we were juniors at Pupuke.

    See Jerome Kaino a few times a week and often have a chat as he lives down the road from us and kids go to same school plus play rugby together.

    Oh yeah - lived up the street from Buck as a kid. Use to deliver his paper and sell him our school raffle tickets. He's often down at North Shore rugby club where my lad plays and remembers me from 30 plus years ago (probably as that annoying kid)



  • @virgil said in Most Famous people you have played sport with ( or had breakfast with), or are related to.:

    Expected to see @jegga all over this one..

    Jealousy is a terrible emotion.
    So irrational.



  • Played a few games of senior cricket in Dunedin with Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, and Mark Richardson.

    Also got out for a duck to one-ODI Black Cap Aaron Gale. But, considering my batting, the Hunchback of Notre Dame could have got me out for a duck.



  • Bill Mortimer, an England B team hockey goalkeeper that Iโ€™m sure you all remember. Well he still dines out on the story of an unfit rugby player that got roped in to a game of mixed hockey and scored against him.



  • Had quite a few social encounters but playing wise , its not that great , but this all ive got that i can remember offhand ,

    Played and went to school with sean Lineen whose dad Terry was an AB second five , sean went on to play test rugby with Scotland ,

    Played league in Australia with and against Bruce McGuire who went on to play with Balmain , NSW origin and Australia ,

    Post football days , trained at a boxing gym, young kid training there Sam Soliman , went on to win a world middleweight title



  • @booboo yeah I'm in a similar boat if I include those I played against in Welly and prancing around the country playing Sevens. If I was to name a team off the top of my head...

    Murray Driver
    Elvis Taione
    Graeme Purvis
    Richard Watt
    Jeremy Thrush
    Jerry Collins
    Chris Masoe
    Sione Lauaki
    Piri Weepu
    Norm Broughton
    Maa Nonu
    Hosea Gear
    Tana Umaga
    Bruce Reihana
    Cory Jane

    Coached by Steve Rennie and John Gallagher.

    Celebrity referee for the match Steve Walsh. Backed up by that blonde midget from welly who's name I've forgotten.

    Honourable mention to Semo Sititi, Apollo Perelini, Roy Kinikinilau. Missed out on marking Lomu due to injury ๐Ÿ˜” actually probably a good thing with me being about 70 odd kg dripping wet at the time.



  • @bones said in Most Famous people you have played sport with ( or had breakfast with), or are related to.:

    @booboo yeah I'm in a similar boat if I include those I played against in Welly and prancing around the country playing Sevens. If I was to name a team off the top of my head...

    Murray Driver
    Elvis Taione
    Graeme Purvis
    Richard Watt
    Jeremy Thrush
    Jerry Collins
    Chris Masoe
    Sione Lauaki
    Piri Weepu
    Norm Broughton
    Maa Nonu
    Hosea Gear
    Tana Umaga
    Bruce Reihana
    Cory Jane

    Coached by Steve Rennie and John Gallagher.

    Celebrity referee for the match Steve Walsh. Backed up by that blonde midget from welly who's name I've forgotten.

    Honourable mention to Semo Sititi, Apollo Perelini, Roy Kinikinilau. Missed out on marking Lomu due to injury ๐Ÿ˜” actually probably a good thing with me being about 70 odd kg dripping wet at the time.

    That Hooker is hardly a household name Bones.



  • I see former All Whites and Phoenix defender Ben Sigmund about every day. Nice bloke.



  • @mn5 yeah I don't expect you to follow Tongan rugby bro.

    Best I could think of for now. English Premiership winner. I like how you didn't baulk at Broughton. He's probably the one you best remember eh?



  • @bones said in Most Famous people you have played sport with ( or had breakfast with), or are related to.:

    @mn5 yeah I don't expect you to follow Tongan rugby bro.

    Best I could think of for now. English Premiership winner. I like how you didn't baulk at Broughton. He's probably the one you best remember eh?

    Good player. He was no Marty Berry though...



  • Completely forgot the Waldroms. They can go into honourable mentions though.



  • Met a lot of politicians business people GG's etc - some minor royalty, sports people, film stars and muso's but that's more a result of age and getting to go to dinners etc or through work - none of them would remember me I'm sure

    Only played with one (moderately) famous sportsman. England fast medium bowler of the 70's (and now Guardian journo) Mike Selvey. Way too fast for me.

    My abiding memory though is Joanna Lumley - 35 years ago - opening her door clad only in her nightwear with the sun behind her....



  • @bones said in Most Famous people you have played sport with ( or had breakfast with), or are related to.:

    Completely forgot the Waldroms. They can go into honourable mentions though.

    Which brings me to Mo Schwalger. Guess he can take Elvis' spot.



  • Plus having lived in London ten years now my best celebrity encounter dates back to my very first weekend sitting next to a table with Rebecca Loos on it. Rolling out the big names now.



  • @dogmeat said in Most Famous people you have played sport with ( or had breakfast with), or are related to.:

    My abiding memory though is Joanna Lumley - 35 years ago - opening her door clad only in her nightwear with the sun behind her....

    PLease elaborate on why she was opening her door for you? Spare no details ๐Ÿ™‚



  • @hooroo I got the feeling that was when he passed out.



  • Canes4Life had breakfast with Ardie Savea.



  • I see Matt Todd most mornings on the school run.

    Chris Harris gratuitously took the piss out of me for about 90 straight minutes at a poker game once after I went large on the first hand.

    Ben Blair scored the chick I took to my 7th form ball (that night), she's now married to another former All Black whose name would dox her and she's a lovely girl and doesn't deserve that.

    My brother-in-law was the one who told Mark Hammett to quit soccer and take up rugby in 4th form.

    Daryl Gibson was my peer support leader in 3rd form, on peer support day in the first week, him and Andrew Mehrtens took their big bunch of turds down to the river to eat Raro out of our hands and try to scone ducks with acorns. In 7th form, when we did the same, little did I know that a young Dan Carter was in the group, so I'm the direct link there.

    I hung out and drove round with Shane Bond for a few days at Queenstown Winter Festival when he was still the fastest bowler in the world with a legal action.

    Have dealt with cricket and rugby teams quite a few times working in hotels, there was the time Shoaib Aktar "wasn't right in the head" (- Pakistan team doctor) and used a vivid to sign his name hundreds of times on the wallpaper of his hotel room.

    Helped Pedro de la Rosa get a rental car to go to Kaikoura, he wrote that Suzuki Ignis off in the Hundalees.

    There'll be more...



  • @bones said in Most Famous people you have played sport with ( or had breakfast with), or are related to.:

    Plus having lived in London ten years now my best celebrity encounter dates back to my very first weekend sitting next to a table with Rebecca Loos on it. Rolling out the big names now.

    In my London days I played tennis with Hugh Grant. I also used to drink at a pub with a Croatian actor who you'd know if you saw Rade ล erbedลพija but probably don't recognise his name. He was a funny guy who'd made a movie in NZ.

    The only semi famous rugby people I played with were Danny Lee and Roger Randle. I've played touch rugby with Ihaia West.



  • @nepia that guy with the beard? For some reason I thought he lived in NZ. Some movie with Tem or something wasn't it?



  • @bones said in Most Famous people you have played sport with ( or had breakfast with), or are related to.:

    @nepia that guy with the beard? For some reason I thought he lived in NZ. Some movie with Tem or something wasn't it?

    I think it was with the guy who played Nig in Once Were Warriors, IIRC Nig and the guy with the beard's daughter hook up and he doesn't like it.



  • @hooroo said in Most Famous people you have played sport with ( or had breakfast with), or are related to.:

    @dogmeat said in Most Famous people you have played sport with ( or had breakfast with), or are related to.:

    My abiding memory though is Joanna Lumley - 35 years ago - opening her door clad only in her nightwear with the sun behind her....

    PLease elaborate on why she was opening her door for you? Spare no details ๐Ÿ™‚

    He was a package delivery man - I've heard this story before! ๐Ÿ™‚



  • @nepia that guy is in heaps of stuff! Looks like Dennis Farina?



  • Played with World Cup Famous Try Scoring Machine Karne Hesketh, Dan Waenga, Izzy Dagg and played with and against most of the other 'stars' of school boy stuff and after around that time.

    Physio'd for NBHS team that had Weber,Gareth and Ihaia as the 8/9/10 and did some work with the worlds greatest team (magpies).

    Related to Karl Te Nana although have never met and not sure what side of the family we are related as I have zero pace what so ever



  • A slightly different career path trajectory and I would have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Instead, my colleague did. He went to some IPCC meetings. He's got a fucking certificate for it!

    He's now a relief postman in Wellington! ๐Ÿ™‚



  • @magpie_in_aus said in Most Famous people you have played sport with ( or had breakfast with), or are related to.:

    Played with World Cup Famous Try Scoring Machine Karne Hesketh, Dan Waenga, Izzy Dagg and played with and against most of the other 'stars' of school boy stuff and after around that time.

    Physio'd for NBHS team that had Weber,Gareth and Ihaia as the 8/9/10 and did some work with the worlds greatest team (magpies).

    Related to Karl Te Nana although have never met and not sure what side of the family we are related as I have zero pace what so ever

    I thought you were trying to tell us your parents are cousins.



  • @nepia @Bones

    Broken English. I saw that a long time ago.

    He regularly plays the stereotypical Eastern European baddie (e.g. 24, Taken 2).


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