Where Are They Now?: David Duckham

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The Independent Online
THE debate will re-open on Saturday, when the Barbarians again meet New Zealand in Cardiff. Was their game in 1973 the finest ever played? Was that first try, started by Phil Bennett almost on his own goal-line and finished amid rapture by Gareth Edwards, the greatest scored?

David Duckham, of Coventry and England, was on the Baa- Baa's right wing. 'I just stood and applauded. I thought the play would come my way but the move developed along the left.'

The Barbarians won 23-11 after a typical Duckham run - blond hair flowing, long stride eating up the ground - set up J P R Williams for the final try.

'I have a video that my three daughters bought me as a Christmas present. They laugh at the hair and the sideburns. I watch it when I want to cheer myself up.'

Duckham, 47, is the director of marketing at Bloxham School in Oxfordshire. 'As with my previous jobs, in banking and the building industry, the sporting background helps. I'm often asked if I am the same 'DD' that played rugby.'

He helps coach at Bloxham and swims to keep fit. 'I used to play squash but I had to have a triple (heart) bypass three years ago and I'm forbidden to now.'

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