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World Cup tour diary: Mel Ngatai

allblacks.com     30 Aug 2006    

As a consequence, I started the next morning off with the first of three punishments for being late.

1: When you are a front rower it is not considered to be in your favour to be late to any meeting as you will be forced to wear 'just your skins' (an extremely tight full body leotard) to breakfast. I assure you it isn't the most pleasant feeling especially when your team mates are meeting you at the door like the paparazzi. Needless to say, I’ve learnt my lesson!

2: Duty girl for the day. This means I have to fill the water and energy drink bottles, get the tackle pads out (at training) and fill the ice packs. Basically, I have to do as I’m told.

3: Last but certainly not least, I have to clean every player’s boots on game day. It never ceases to amaze me how dirty the boots can get (despite the long grass and hot weather) when you don't have to clean your own boots. Let me repeat: Lesson learnt!

As you can tell, it’s been an interesting first few days for me in Edmonton. Things can only get better, right!

Cheers
Mel