TO A 2nd ROW FORWARD!
By Neil Edwards
Estates Gazette, 5/3/2008
back to the hotel in
He replied "We have just lost Brian Moore with an injury and we are one down for the Hong Kong Sevens which leaves today from Gatwick -- I am trying to contact Dewi Morris but am having no luck!"
It did not take much time to work out that I may be in the right place at the right time! "Mickey, I'm your man, come on, you know I can run -- I popped over from five yards yesterday to score, didn't I?"
"Don't be ridiculous Edwards, you can't play sevens -- you're a second row!"
may be, Mr Steele Bodger, but I live at the
He paused, grunted and walked away. I thought, “Good try Edwards.”
I was woken two hours later by Geoff Windsor-Lewis, secretary of the Barbarians on the room phone. "Edwards, we can't find anybody else, if you can get to Gatwick by midday, you can come" -- Game on!
down the M4 at 8.00 am, I ring my boss Richard Ashworth at Hillier Parker, on
the brick phone. "Richard, good news, such was my performance this weekend
for the Barbarians in
"Of course Nell, well done -- make sure you take some company merchandise and clothing when you go to promote Hillier Parker. When shall I pencil this week in?"
"Err, the 28th -- 3rd Richard".
"Is that April or May?"
"But that is today ............ SILENCE ...............MORE SILENCE
I thought to myself this is really going to test the current debate over club v company in demanding time off from surveying practices for rugby. "Is that a yes then Richard?"
first match was against the mighty
They kicked off; I caught the ball -- ran at them and scored with 3 or 4 of their players hanging off me! They kicked off again, the ball was passed to me and I ran at them, they jumped on me; I offloaded to Mike Hall who scored. This seemed to go on for most of the game.
next match against
could see the All Blacks and Fijians taking notes by this stage. We eventually
lost in the semi finals, beaten 12-10 by
can forget Zinzan or Serevi,
modern day power sevens was invented in a hotel in