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Kiwi rugby legend Olsen Fillipana will play on New Zealand soil for in the first time in almost 20 years, when he stars for the Mad Butcher XIII along with the 6 Ropati brothers against the Chairmans XIII.
The match will take place this Sunday at Walter Massey Park, kick off at 1:30pm as part of the Mangere East 40th jubilee celebrations.
Fillipana, who has been living in Australia since he transferred to Balmain Tigers from the Mangere East Hawks back in 1979. In Olsen?s prime he represented New Zealand for 50 matches including 29 tests from 1977-86. Olsen?s playing career expanded from 1977 where he played for Mangere East until 1979 and went to Balmain Tigers until 1983. 1984 saw Olsen playing for Eastern Suburbs and North Sydney 1986.
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