Ex All Black Haden in on-air interview bust-up

MICHAEL FIELD
Last updated 10:49 19/03/2014
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ANDY HADEN: "I would like to remember him as a very very good All Black lock. Something you wouldn't be familiar with."

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All Black captain Frank Oliver's death has led to a brief but spectacular clash of codes on Radio New Zealand.

Both players, ex All Black Andy Haden and Checkpoint host Mary Wilson, are known for their blunt styles - which resulted in the one minute 45 second dust-up last night.

Checkpoint opened their tribute with a clip of commentary from the 1978 All Blacks v Wales test in which Haden took a dive out of a line-out in a bid to milk a penalty and save the game.

The referee awarded a penalty over a Welsh lock jumping off Oliver's shoulder.

As history noted the All Blacks won 13-12, ensuring New Zealand's first grand slam.

As the old commentary faded, Checkpoint switched to Haden on the phone.

Wilson asked Haden if he remembered the "infamous dive from the line-out".

Haden: "Yeah, I do, why don't you talk about Frank?"

Wilson: "I do want to talk about Frank, I do want to talk about Frank."

Haden: "There you go, there you go, you should talk about Frank rather than dig up all this stuff at this time. That's pretty low."

Wilson: "How would you like to remember him?"

Haden: "I would like to remember him as a very very good All Black lock. Something you wouldn't be familiar with."

Wilson: "And would you like to tell us any more about him."

Haden: "No, not really, but if you ask any questions, I will answer them."

Wilson: "We will leave it there."

Footnote for rugby fans: The 1978 penalty was kicked by substitute kicker Brian McKechnie. He then went on to face, in 1981, the infamous one-day cricket under-arm bowl against Australia.

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