Cory Jane will get to keep the work car and on Friday night he can finally give a team-mate a lift to a match without supervision when the Hurricanes play the Highlanders at Westpac Stadium.
After 12 years on restricted duties, the Hurricanes wing has upgraded to a full driver's licence, one he didn't consider getting until his employer threatened to take back the sponsor's car.
"I had pressure put on me from the New Zealand Rugby Union," Jane said yesterday with a grin.
"They wanted to take the car back if I didn't get my full. Since I'd been on my restricted for 12 years I thought I'd better just go for it.
"I'm not sure [why I never got it before this week]. I got told you could drive with the kids in the car just like a full licence. I don't know if that's make believe or not, but I've never been stopped," he said.
"So I've never had a kick in the bum until now when the New Zealand Rugby Union made all the boys [All Blacks] do it. Jules [Julian Savea] did his straight after me. I feel like I'm a grown-up now."
In fact, Jane was legally allowed to drive with his children in the car while on his restricted licence. What he couldn't do was carry other passengers without a supervisor, someone who has held a full licence for at least two years, in the front seat. Nor could Jane drive alone between the hours of 10pm and 5am.
So did he find the test, conducted in Miramar, difficult?
"Nah, I've been driving for ages, but it was hard to drive with two hands on the wheel. I'm used to going one-handed and then you psyche yourself out with the test and all that, but I passed, so it's all good.
"Except I didn't know where the schools were so I drove around the whole thing at 30kmh just in case."
On a more serious note, Jane is primed for another night of chasing, regathering and diffusing high kicks against the Highlanders.
"We need to start doing it more. TJ [Perenara] has been grumpy we don't get more of his kicks back. We keep telling him he's kicking them too far, but he's a grumpy little halfback who always wants an argument and has an excuse when I tell him his kicks are too short.
"Last time the Highlanders put us under pressure with their high balls. This time hopefully we can catch them because we have a pretty good fullback who likes to run the ball.
"[Highlanders fullback] Ben Smith is one of the best, but Andre [Taylor] isn't too far behind."
- The Dominion Post
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