New Zealand international Kane Hames surprised the Bury St Edmunds RUFC Under-16s squad with an unexpected visit this week.
The prop, who plays for Super Rugby’s Chiefs, Maori All Blacks and the All Blacks, was over in the UK representing New Zealand in the Autumn Internationals.
While in the UK, Hames spent time with friends, current Wolfpack top points scorer Scott Lyle and his father, Andy.
Hames, who is a highly qualified rugby coach having trained prior to his professional playing career, took two coaching sessions with the Under-16s in the past week, as well as surprising the Bury Under-13s when he stepped in to referee their match on Sunday against Wymondham RFC.
Speaking after Hames’ visit, John Sherrell, Under-16s coach at Bury, said: “The boys couldn’t believe their luck and learnt some valuable lessons during the sessions.
“Kane’s an infectious guy to be around, passionate about rugby and with an impressive style of coaching delivery.
“Kane was just keen to get out and use his time to help young players so we arranged a second impromptu training session, the evening before his flight home, and invited Under-16s players from other clubs to join too.
“It’s not every day you get to be coached by an All Black or have them referee your match, so huge thanks to Kane and Andy and Scott Lyle for making this happen.”
Hames returns to New Zealand for four weeks of intense training with the Chiefs ahead of the Super Rugby season and hopes to get capped again during next year’s Lions Tour.
The 28-year-old made his debut for the All Blacks in August this year.