No question, the big talking point last week was the naming of the Kiwis and, more importantly, the will he or won't the performance of Sonny Bill Williams.
Now I'm not going to bore everyone with my thoughts on the subject since it feels a bit like last week's story but if you're interested in what I had to say on the matter you can visit sirpeter leitch.co.nz where I posted my thoughts.
Overall I thought the Kiwis side probably did not throw up too many surprises, though I am bitterly disappointed Jeremy Smith was not able to be included because my great friend Wayne Bennett rates him incredibly highly. And if it's good enough for probably the best league coach the world has ever seen, it's good enough for me.
But it's a good side and I know the boys will be motivated when the World Cup rolls around.
It is only a week since the Roosters won the Grand Final and I am already suffering league withdrawal symptoms.
But at least I have the rugby in Dunedin this weekend to look forward to. Can the mighty All Blacks make it a clean sweep when they face our old enemies the Wallabies?
And it'll be strange to be going into a test match without Conrad Smith lining up at centre. It shows how much we have come to take having him in the middle of the backline for granted. I tried to remember who was centre before him and you know what, I couldn't.
Of course I was at the boxing last week to see "Explosive Joseph" Parker and you will all be well aware of the nasty cut he suffered on his way to his knockout victory over Afa Tatupu.
Everyone says young Joseph has the talent to go a long way and who am I to doubt them? I do know he is a cracking young lad and one I hope can have a long and successful career in a sport without all the nonsense we have come to have to endure in the past.
I very much enjoyed meeting commentator Colonel Bob Sheridan at the fights. He's quite a character, believe me, and it's saying something when I call someone else a character.
Then on Friday I had the great privilege of being at the Howick Club to hear comedian Mike King, who was in fine form, and that giant of our national game Jonah Lomu.
It is a long time now since we all enjoyed watching the big man ply his trade on the rugby field but you could have heard a pin drop when he spoke.
The entire audience was hanging on every word and Jonah did not disappoint. He was funny, open and honest and interviewer Dean Butler did a great job.
It was a busy old week for the Butcher.
On the Saturday I went with the family of my very dear friend and helper Amelia on a special outing to the North Shore, where I was treated to a slap-up meal and a visit to the Bruce Mason Centre to see the greatest entertainer of all time - the King, Mr Elvis Aaron Presley - or an impersonator anyway.
It was a magic show and I have to say the Bruce Mason Centre is a fabulous venue.
And as if I hadn't been spoilt enough, on Sunday I was enjoying a little rest and recreation out at my Waiheke Island hideaway when I was invited out to tea with some other good friends.
I can tell you I know a fair bit about roast pork but even after a lifetime in the meat trade, I'm not in the class of my host.
It reminded me how blessed I am to have good friends and a wonderful family.
Now if I only had some league to watch . . .
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