The years go by, we are getting old, the song says and if there is something that one cannot avoid it is the passage of time. The All blacks They had a successful generation that shone from the first decade of 2000 and won everything that stood in the way. Today one of those figures that this great team had made the decision to leave rugby, after obtaining the double crown this season with Toulouse. Jerome kaino won the European Cup a few weeks ago and on Friday, against La Rochelle again, with the Top 14 title under his arm, he said goodbye to professional practice with the oval.
Rugby gave the third row that was born in Samoa great moments with the black t-shirt where he played 81 games: World champion in 2011 and 2015, multiple Rugby Championship champion in 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. His club career did not go bad either, with Toulouse obtained two Top 14 and a European Cup. In 2004 it came out world champion M20 with the Juniors All Blacks and that same year he was awarded the Word Rugby award for Best M20 Player.
In the week before his last game, the forward spoke of some moments of his career in Rugbyrama and did not hesitate to answer that the best shirt is “the All Blacks. It is the dream of every child in New Zealand to be able to play for the All Blacks. Putting on this shirt is a dream come true. “
When it comes to talking about best try of his career stayed with the one that scored against the Barbarians in his first foray with the black jersey: “it was the emotion of my international debut like scoring a try on that occasion. I took the ball on my side, on the 40m line, I managed to eliminate the back who came to score and I was able to go score the try, ”Kaino said.
Between all achievements stay with the 2011 World Cup. For Kaino, that title “was an incredible feeling, to be able to crown myself with the All Blacks jersey in front of my family, at home, in my garden, which is Eden Park.” He calls the mythical stadium his garden, since he chose it as the best field to play on.
Remembered for his delivery, a place was also made to choose those forwards with whom he had great duels in the world: Maro Itoje, Mako Vunipola, Bakkies Botha, Shalk Burguer and Davis Pocock, they mark the level that his career had over more than 15 years. Jerome Kaino retired, a player that rugby over the years will make him a legend.