Watch: 'None' – Black Caps legend Brendon McCullum jokes about poor rugby skills during club footy match

Black Caps legend Brendon McCullum traded his bat and pads for a pair of rugby boots over the weekend, running out for Waikato club rugby side United Matamata.

McCullum, 36, said he was swayed by a friend to play for Matamata's B team.

He admitted he enjoyed playing first-five for the club and that the players were quick to embrace him as part of the team.

"The boys have been great accepting me since day one and we’ve had a bit of fun and it was nice to get a win," said McCullum.

He said he wasn't too fussed about playing in the backs and letting the forwards get through all the grunt work.

"I was pretty happy to sit back and watch it all unfold."

When asked about whether he still possessed the rugby skills he had as a youngster the former Black Caps captain said, "none".

Matamata defeated Taupiri 29-18 on Saturday.

McCullum was an exceptional rugby player in his youth, picked ahead of All Blacks great Dan Carter as the preferred first-five in the South Island secondary schools team in 2000. 

He was the first New Zealander to score 300 runs in a Test, reaching the feat against India at the Basin Reserve in Wellington in 2014.

He also skippered New Zealand to the 2015 Cricket World Cup final where his side lost to Australia by seven wickets after an incredible campaign.


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Watch: Jubilant France celebrate after beating Baby Blacks in U20s Rugby World Cup semi-final

The Baby Blacks were brave but ultimately outclassed as they lost to France 16-7 in the semi-final of the under 20s Rugby World Cup in Perpignan, France.

After a nervy start from both sides, the French began to dominate possession with French No.8 Jordan Joseph and tighthead prop Demba Bamba proving to be constant threats as ball runners.

French first five-eighth Louis Carbonel finally turned the dominance into some points with a penalty on 30 minutes.

The home side did miss a golden chance to extend their lead with virtually the last play of the first half when winger Matthis Lebel could not reel in a lovely cross-field kick from Carbonel.

France finally made the pressure count early in the second half with second five-eighth Romain Ntamack crossing for a try after 42 minutes.

As the second half developed, France began to exert their dominance at scrum time, with Carbonel kicking another penalty after 49 minutes

He added another after 63 minutes to give France a 16-0 lead.

The Baby Blacks, who had defended manfully for most of the match, finally came to life with just over 10 minutes left.

First five-eighth Harry Plummer scored after a nice passage before converting his own try to give New Zealand a sniff of victory.

Buoyed by their first try, the Baby Blacks launched a superb break that almost went the full length of the field, but a knock on from reserve hooker Ricky Jackson off the next phase cost New Zealand a second try in quick succession.

The mistake proved costly with New Zealand unable to add any further points despite repeatedly throwing caution to the wind.  

New Zealand will now face off against South Africa for bronze while France will play England after winning through to the final for the first time at this tournament.


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All Black Ofa Tu’ungafasi’s tackle on France's Remy Grosso deemed 'just short of' red card by citing commissioner

All Black prop Ofa Tu'ungafasi's tackle on French winger Remy Grosso in the first Test between New Zealand and France was deemed "just short of" red card level by independent citing commissioner Freek Burger.

As a result, Tu'ungafasi has received a citing commissioner warning for a breach of Law 9.13.

In the opinion of Burger, there were mitigating factors which prevented the conduct from being a red card level red card level.

These included Grosso's low body position lowering as he went into contact with Sam Cane, who affected the tackle initially, immediately before Tu'ungafasi joined a dynamic tackle situation.

No further action was warranted against Cane with the commissioner deeming the on-field  penalty against him to be sufficient punishment.

Grosso suffered two facial fractures in the 59th minute tackle.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen defended Tu’ungafasi after the match, saying the All Black prop did not intend to injure Grosso.

Steve Hansen said Sam Cane and Ofa Tu'ungafasi's tackle on French winger Remmy Grosso was completely accidental. Source: 1 NEWS

 

Tu’ungafasi also took to Twitter to wish Grosso well in his recovery.

France's Remy Grosso (C runs into All Blacks Ofa Tu'ungafasi (L) and Sam Cane (R during the Steinlager Series rugby match between the All Blacks and France at the Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday the 9th of June 2018. Copyright Photo by Marty Melville / www.Photosport.nz
France's Remy Grosso was injured in a tackle involving All Blacks Ofa Tu'ungafasi (L) and Sam Cane. Source: Photosport


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