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news online at www.star.kiwi TheStar Thursday May 9 2019 SPORT 31 Senior player to apprentice • By Gordon Findlater A BUILDING apprenticeship is the latest venture for former Crusaders hooker Corey Flynn who went from sinking boats at Maadi Cup to helping others sink pints during his playing days. Flynn, 38, played 151 games for the Crusaders between 2002 and 2014, scoring 20 tries along the way and winning Super Rugby titles in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008. He is currently doing a building apprenticeship with GE Construction and plans to move into project management. “I’m about a year in . . . I’ve just graduated off the broom and I’m nearly allowed to use a nail gun,” said Flynn. He is also in the hospitality industry – being part of a group which owns four bars and a cafe in Hanmer Springs. Flynn once owned the The Fitz Sports Bar on Fitzgerald Ave with fellow Crusaders Kevin O’Neil and Campbell Johnstone. “Geez, we had some fun. We were one of the only bars that stayed standing after the earthquake over that side of the city, so for the next three to five years we did really well,” said Flynn. Growing up in Southland, he was a flanker in his early days. However, he converted to hooker after being told he wasn’t going to make the Southland Boys’ High School first XV as a flanker due to his good friend Jeff Wright being selected ahead of him. He also rowed for his school and competed at Maadi Cup in the quadruple and double sculls. “We won an under-17 title in the double scull and we nearly won the under 17 quad, but we actually ended up sinking,” said Flynn. “We took on water down the whole course and finished second to Burnside High School before we sunk.” He played for Southland in the NPC and in 2001, Flynn’s path to the Crusaders was paved after he received a phone call from Robbie Deans – although at the time he thought it was a practical joke. “He introduced himself as Robbie Deans and I called bulls**t . . . I thought it was one of my mates pulling my leg because everyone knew that Super Rugby teams were being named. I was only 20-years-old, so I didn’t think I would have been anywhere near that level,” he said. “But, yeah, it was Robbie Deans so after an awkward chat, he asked me If I wanted to come and play for the Crusaders and I said I’d love to.” One of Flynn’s most memorable moments for the Crusaders came in his 100th game. It was a 29-10 semi-final win against the Stormers in Cape Town in 2011 – the same year as the earthquake which caused the team to play the whole season on the road because of the damage to Lancaster Park. “The day before the game, Adam Whitelock, who wasn’t travelling with us, he sent a video through to the team. It was all the first responders and some people who had been injured in the earthquake wishing us all the best,” said Flynn. “That was pretty moving. It just sticks everything in your mind . . . we went out that day and we just couldn’t be beaten.” “The other stuff that really sticks out is the mates you make. I was lucky enough in 2007 to see Kieran Read burst onto the scene, and then he’s just played his 150th game last week. As you get older, you take pleasure in seeing these guys come through and absolutely light it up.” Flynn is also remembered for sporting many different looks •Over the Super Rugby season, TheStar will look back each week at some of the identities who graced the Crusaders jersey in the past and discover where they are now STALWART: Corey Flynn, who is undertaking a building apprenticeship with GE Construction, is one of just three Crusaders to have played 150 games for the franchise. PHOTOS: MARTIN HUNTER during his time in red and black. In his early days with the team, Flynn had a shaved head before growing out his hair and at one point he even had a full grown beard. However, his most memorable look came in 2007 when he grew a rat’s tail accompanied with sideburns. He says the look was inspired by a dare. “People didn’t think that I’d do it, so I just did it,” he said. Following the 2014 final loss to the Waratahs, Flynn spent two seasons with Toulouse in France and one season with Glasgow Warriors in Scotland. He then returned to New Zealand and finished his career with West Coast in 2017, playing under coach Sean Cuttance who, along with the union’s chairman, convinced him to end his career in Greymouth. “I said ‘look mate, if you’ve got whitebait and lamb then I’m sure we’ll be able to sort something out’,” he said. Flynn’s planned retirement didn’t last long, though. Last year he laced up the boots for Lyttelton a handful of times in the metro premier reserve grade after workmates asked if he could fill in. “After a couple of beers after work one day they caught me at a weak moment and said that they were short and asked me if I’d help out,” said Flynn. “I actually got hit up by one of the boys on Saturday night, apparently they’re really short in the front row again so we’ll see what happens.” Flynn has also become part of the Radio Sport commentary team for Crusaders and Canterbury games. He has been sitting alongside Brian Ashby since last year. “Working with Gash [Ashby] is pretty easy because he takes control . . . when he asked, I said to him I don’t really know if this is me, but he said just imagine we’re at the pub having a beer and you’re just talking rugby,” Flynn said. 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