With the All Blacks taking on Wales in their last test match of 2006 this weekend, let's take a walk down memory lane to an earlier confrontation between these two teams: the 1987 World Cup semi-final.
As recorded in the NZ Herald article: "Infamous acts of rugby violence"...
Ah, the irony. Welsh lock Huw Richards was having a pat-a-cake struggle with Gary Whetton during the 1987 World Cup semi in Brisbane.
Buck Shelford decided he would break it up and landed a colossal punch on Richards. The ref saw it, the touch judge saw it, all 20,000 people in the stadium saw it, along with millions of TV viewers around the world.
Yet, incredibly, Richards was revived by the side of the pitch just so he could be shown the red card for giving Whetton a few handbags before Shelford arrived with his peacemaker.
I was at the Wales game in 2006, amazingly at the back of the stadium, a sign with the famous words..."Bring Back Buck"
'Welsh lock Huw Richards was having a pat-a-cake struggle with Gary Whetton'
What? You're either Welsh or on drugs (or both). Richards was beating the snot out of Whetton and Buck stopped the fight (with Alan Whettons help). Richards definitely deserved to go.