Buck Shelford in action for the All Blacks and Saints © Getty Images
Club News Saints and All Blacks legend coming to town for ‘An Audience With...’
Franklin’s Gardens will be welcoming one of the club’s legendary former players for the next in the series of ‘An Audience With...’ evenings on Thursday, November 14th.
Wayne Shelford, more commonly known as Buck throughout his career, was a key figure in re-establishing the Saints as one of England’s top teams in the early-1990s.
The number eight played 49 times for the club between 1990 and 1993, helping the team to its first ever Twickenham final and taking them to the verge of the 1992/92 league title. Shelford also played a pivotal role in the early careers of future England and British and Irish Lions stars Tim Rodber and Matt Dawson, as well as a host of other club stalwarts.
However Shelford had come to Franklin’s Gardens already well established as one of the sport’s superstars. As the starting number eight in the 1987 World Cup winning team he had put his name into the annals of New Zealand rugby legends, and then as captain he led his country through three unbeaten years, one of the best periods in the All Blacks’ history.
Shelford’s AllBlacks.com profile describes him as follows: ‘The Maori word 'mana' may have been coined just for Shelford. A competitive and skilful No 8, he led by example, whether driving over the advantage line from scrums or rucks, defending or standing up against real and imagined slights. His quickness to take the law into his own hands would have been harshly judged in rugby's more recent years, but there was no question that he was one of the great forwards to play for New Zealand.’
As a coach Shelford guided North Harbour – the Auckland-based province he had been an important part of founding a decade earlier – as well as Rugby Lions and Saracens here in the UK.
This promises to be an evening for the true rugby supporter, filled with stories from some of the most memorable matches in history, not least the infamous ‘Battle of Nantes’ in 1986!
Tickets can be booked now for £45, which includes a hot fork buffet. To book just CLICK HERE and follow the straightforward instructions!