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RE: ARTHUR LYDIARD OR JACK DANIELS?
Dr Daniels, Thanks for that. I believe you and Arthur would have had a 'Field day" with Football players !!.
One of my pet complaints about our national Rugby Team (The All Blacks)is they no longer Train 'on the roads/trails/Parks'. It is all "In the Gym" or set practices on the field.
Many years ago Arthur worked alongside Don Clarke who in the 1960's was considered the greatest Fullback in the Game. He was also a prestigious Goal Kicker.
Don was still on the Road with Arthur when he retired from Rugby, when one day Arthur said he and Peter Snell had to for for a run. "How far ? " said Don "15 miles" said Arthur.
I'll come with you" Don replied. He did so, albeit in Big heavy cotton shorts and long socks.
I doubt if too many Rugby players could do that today.
One of the last times I spent with Artur he told me he had Kel Tremain one of our greatest "loose Forwards" of the 1960's/early 70's(linebacker would be a close description) running 100 miles a week in the off season.
I knew Arthur well enough to know that at times he could slightly "embelish" what he was saying but did so to make you think about what he was getting at.
Anyway, I decided to check this out so talked to Bill Davis who played with Kel in the All Blacks and also on the same Provincial Team, Hawkes Bay.
Bill said "No, Kel did not run 100 miles a week. It was more like 70 miles a week. BUT he ran those miles with a full raincoat and plastic trousers on."
Hawkes Bay summers could easily get up to 40plus deg (Centigrade). That is around the 100 Deg F. !!!
Interestingly, Kel had the record for the most points scored in the second half of Rugby matches for many years.
he was still running as fast at the end of a game as he was at the beginning.
Arthur loved our National game as much as the next Kiwi and I would love to know what he thinks of our current Team who are playing magnificently but I still worry about the fact that the game is 80 minutes. The emphasis is on size/speed and strength. Not the ability to run and keep running.
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