“Playing in the World Cup was a dream and playing in New Zealand was special. What other time are you going to play in New Zealand? The five planes it took us to get there was worth the trip,” he said.
“The local people embraced us completely and made us feel at home. In Blenheim, our host town, they even put up the road signs in Cyrillic. They don’t get many Russian visitors there, they had done it for us.\”
Yes, well done. Clap clap clap.
He was brought up in Zelonograd, a large town north-west of Moscow with a proud rugby history. He took up the sport at the age of nine but it took off when his parents sent him to Dublin to improve his English.
And that is amusing too. Zelenograd was built to be the Soviet version of Silicon Valley. All electronics and chip making. Must be the only place on the planet where the geeks play rugby.