The hold-up to winter sport season in New Zealand hasn’t moistened former South Island Secondary Schools initially five-eighth Brendon McCullum’s enthusiasm for playing rugby.
The former Black Caps captain, who kept the fantastic Dan Carter out of the SISS beginning lineup 20 years back, made a winning go back to the rugby field in the Waikato Premier B competition on Saturday.
Now 38, McCullum laced the boots in often heavy rain for his United Matamata Sports team in a 22-20 win over Melville.
“Good to have actually a run around on the footy field yesterday. The boys finished the job 22-20 in a genuine good fight. Roll on next week,” McCullum posted on Twitter.
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A talented all-round sportsperson at King’s High School in Dunedin, McCullum was picked to start at No 10 ahead of Carter in that schools team.
He told Things after his impressive triple-century against India in 2014: “He [Carter] came on for me at the back end of the very first game, then in the last video game I played the entire video game and he came on at wing,” McCullum said, adding with a grin that the selectors “clearly got it wrong”.
McCullum played his last match for the Black Caps in 2016 and shifted north from Christchurch to Matamata for his Vermair horse racing syndication organisation.
He made some cameo rugby looks for United Matamata Sports in 2018.
McCullum is coach of Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League which is on hold amid Covid-19, however could possibly be played in September-October pending a reshuffle of the cricket calendar.
He is also Spark Sport’s leading commentary target for the home worldwide cricket season as it takes over the television broadcast rights from Sky.