‘Everyone was eating cucumber sandwiches’: an All Black’s view of Twickenham | Sean Fitzpatrick

I dreamed of pulling on the New Zealand shirt and running out to face England but in 1993 we lost. It was a turning point for us

I remember arriving at Twickenham for the first time, for a game against Barbarians in 1989, and all those childhood memories came rushing back, of growing up and watching the All Blacks in the early hours with a cup of hot chocolate. As a young boy dreaming of one day being an All Black you’d lie in bed at night, dreaming of pulling on the shirt and running out at Twickenham, or Cardiff Arms Park – the great stadiums of the world. To be there, to run out on to that pitch, to see everyone eating their cucumber sandwiches in the car park as we drove in, those are great memories.

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