Introducing Jonathan Corfe and Daniel McDonald
At 8 years old Jonathan (Jono) Corfe was not happy to be taken away from his native Golden Bay to live elsewhere. Elsewhere met every expectation that it wouldn’t be as good but it has taken him 32 years to return to the Nelson region by way of rural North Canterbury, the Manawatu, Christchurch and Auckland. He feels he has learned his lesson now.
Jono played inconsistent but enthusiastic rugby from an early age until he was old enough to hear his body’s insistent demand that he retire. Similar demands have been made and ignored in relation to inconsistent but enthusiastic cricket, tennis and golf. Jono loves reading, drawing, pub quizzes, a game of darts and a wrestle with the cryptic crossword. He is the author of Bartlett and Corfe’s Great Kiwi Pub Crawl and is currently writing his second book, Horrible People. He lives in Nelson with his girlfriend, Katie, and his parrot, Beyoncé.
Jono is a former regular force soldier (RNZE) and during working hours he works as a solicitor for Knapps Lawyers in their Commercial division.
Daniel McDonald is known as Pud by all here at the club for his sweet disposition and agreeable nature; it doesn’t hurt that he also holds a club record for eating 27 pots of instant pudding in one sitting and managing to hold most of it down during training. Pud is a plumber by trade and has been finding the hot Nelson summer difficult as there has been no water to plumb. He has been looking at alternative solutions to the water crisis on the Waimea plains which include Native American raindancing, sacrificing small animals to a variety of West African demigods then eating them and sunbathing naked on his deck with beer in reach and cricket on the radio.
Pud coaches the Nelson RFC Div 2 team; the realisation of a dream he has held since he was a small boy and a pragmatic one as his sister, a New Zealand representative beach volleyballer, got both the height and the talent out of his siblings. Nonetheless, Pud turns up to training with a smile on his face and tells anyone who will listen that “I can’t believe I’m actually here! Look! There’s Chris Kerslake! Awesome!”.
Pud’s hobbies are chewing and collecting pictures cut out of womens’ magazines of the Duchess of Cambridge.
Pud says the most valuable lesson he has learned is not to let his team’s manager write his biography.