But the BIG rugby match this weekend takes place right here in little ole W(h)anganui, where Chester Borrows' Parliamentary XV takes on Michael Laws' Mayoral XV in the curtainraiser at Cooks Gardens. We reckon that the pollies will be queueing up to deal to Laws at the bottom of the rucks; he may have been imprudent to even hint at a Lazarus-like comeback!
We're not going to say "we told you so" but the Herald reports:
Wanganui District Mayor Michael Laws says he was "the talk of the game" after he kept playing after breaking one rib and cracking another during the Wanganui Mayoral XV's rugby game against the Parliamentary XV at Whanganui's Cooks Gardens on Saturday.
Mr Laws, who captained the side and played at first five-eighth, suffered the injury in a tackle early in the charity match.
"Some big white bunga landed on me in about the first 90 seconds. I thought 'I can't go off'."
Mr Laws said he "struggled on, manfully" and continued to play for the first quarter, then went off but came back for the last quarter of the 80-minute game.
Get well soon Mayor Michael, and don't say we didn't warn you!