Joeli Vidiri, the greatest All Black that never was | Scratched: Aotearoa's Lost Sporting Legends

In 1996, Joeli Vidiri was set to be the star of New Zealand rugby alongside his good friend Jonah Lomu. But deteriorating kidneys led to his early retirement from the sport, aged just 27. Today, Joeli works at a hardware store in Auckland and is grateful everyday for the kidney transplant he received in 2015.

From tennis champions to dance craze inventors, Scratched celebrates New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due – but whose legacies deserve to be in lights.

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