All Black legends son signs professional contract with Premiership club

The son of All Blacks legend Zinzan Brooke has signed a professional contract with Gallagher Premiership side London Irish.

Lucas Brooke, who can play across the back-row or at hooker, grew up in England so is fully qualified to wear the red rose.

 The 18-year-old has signed a two-year contract with London Irish and has gone there with four or five of his mates from Wellington College

Zinzan was an effective forward but also had top class handling skills and a trustworthy boot making him quite the unique player.

During his international career that spanned a decade from 1987 to 1997, he played in two World Cups in 1991 and 1995 scoring an unforgettable drop goal from 47 metres out against England in the latter. Brooke in total played 58 tests for New Zealand, scoring 89 points.

Did you know: As well as rugby union, Brooke played Gaelic football, both before and after his rugby career.

LIST | 6 sons of famous rugby players who could play for England

Note: Only players aged 23 and below have been included

1. Cameron Redpath

Redpath, who is the son of former Sale and 60-cap Scotland scrum-half Bryan Redpath, recently joined Bath after the black, blue and whites paid a six-figure sum to release the 20-year-old from his existing deal with Sale Sharks.

The versatile 20-year-old is an age-group international who trained with England during the 2020 Six Nations in the build-up to their victory over Ireland. He is comfortable at centre, fly-half and full-back.

Cameron Redpath of England is tackled by Alexandre de Nardi of France during the Under 20s Six Nations Rugby Championship match between England and France at Sandy Park on February 9th 2019, Exeter, Devon. Photo: Cameron Geran/PPAUK

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