New Zealand’s Jerome Kaino ready to return after ‘a lot of lessons’

• Flanker back in All Blacks fold after losing place following extramarital affair
• Kaino keen to face Barbarians, his first opponents for New Zealand in 2004

The All Blacks’ first match after a defeat is a sufficiently rare event to raise expectations at the best of times, but for Jerome Kaino this weekend’s date with the Barbarians will be particularly special. The veteran flanker is set to return to the fold after his extramarital affair became public in August, and he does so against the same opposition and at the same ground as when he made his All Blacks debut in 2004.

“It’s where it all started for me, here at Twickenham against the Barbarians,” he said. “But also because I haven’t had as much footy as I’d have wanted recently, the possibility of having a run in the black jersey is extra special.”

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