And having researched this obscure team for many months, much to my wife’s looks of disbelief, I was persuaded to tell their story to a formal gathering in 2012 to mark the 75th anniversary of the tour.
And so began a very special journey for me. I have subsequently travelled the country with this team, telling the story to consistently overwhelming feedback.
Now it is hard to articulate what does make this obscure old story special, but to say that I have told this story close to 50 times and every single time I have told it I have been confronted with raw emotion in my audience.
For it is as much a human story as it is a rugby story. This was a time where values trumped the desire to win, notwithstanding the incredible passion with which rugby was played in the 1930s.
And having lived through this amazing tour and the war that followed it, it is tough to comprehend that these men are no more.
All that remains is their memory, and an always timely reminder of what is truly important in life and legacy.