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Scrumbelievable; Kiwi couple invite Lions rugby fan to stay with them... & their All Black sons.

Byline: MARTIN BAGOT

A RUGBY union fan in New Zealand following the British and Irish Lions was surprised by the kindness of a couple who gave him a place to stay.

Alex Edwards' surprise turned into stunned disbelief when he found out their sons are New Zealand stars Rieko and Akira Ioane who also live at home.

Alex said: "I thought they looked familiar, but it didn't click until their dad told me... They were great. Everyone talks about Kiwi hospitality and that's really true in this case."

IT worker Alex's accommodation fell through the night before a Lions game against Auckland Blues. He popped in to local team Ponsonby and club manager Sandra Wihongi told him he could stay in his camper in the car park.

Then she offered him her family's sofa to sleep on. Alex, from London, was chatting to Sandra and hubby Eddie when their lads, who share a bedroom, strolled in. Alex told Rieko, 20, and Akira, 22, "you two are big" but did not twig who they were.

He asked Eddie if they play for Ponsonby: "He laughed at me and said, 'No - they're starting for the Blues'."

Rieko then scored two tries as New Zealand beat the Lions in Auckland on Saturday.

The lads' parents also played rugby - Eddie for Samoa and Sandra for New Zealand women.

martin.bagot@mirror.co.uk

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rugby stars Brothers Akira, left, & Rieko Ioane

Alex loving his New Zealand trip stunned

happy campers Alex joined by other Lions fans during the tour

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Jun 27, 2017
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