Giving It A Try


New Zealand Rugby Legends Learn to Play the Great Game Underwater

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Giving It A Try

Reprint from issue #1 December/January 1991

Dive Log New Zealand magazine

“And Kirwan is streaking up on the outside, showing all the form we’ve come to expect from him, can anything stop this man, but no, his fellow team mate Fitzpatrick is streaking down from above in a desperate bid to stop Kirwan reaching his goal, wait a minute ‘streaking down from above’. Has rugby taken a strange turn we don’t know about?”
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It almost seemed it had with the two  showing their winning style but with a big difference. Both these likely lads were on the bottom of a swimming pool playing the great game in slow motion with the aid of scuba tanks.

When John Kirwan and Sean Fitzpatrick fronted up at Sportways Waterworld with the intention of learning to dive there was lots of interest to see if these heroes of the field would be denizens of the deep.

And from the start they proved they had it in the pool as well. Not that you have to be an All Black to learn to dive though, but when the Spot On One television cameras turned up we knew they weren’t here to take pictures of the wonderful Sportways staff.


(full article in the hard copy or check the clip on our homepage where the full footage can be watched)

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