Author(s): James Griffin; Oscar Kightley
Lelei Lelei Jnr (aka Machete) and Neil Turnbull (aka The Ghost) came from very different backgrounds but when they eventually found each other they became the 2nd five/centre combination that ruled world rugby. On the pitch they were an unorthodox and mostly unstoppable team.
On their day, when they were on the same wavelength, they were world beaters and very possibly the two best All Blacks ever to play in their positions. Then there were the days -- on and off the pitch -- when they were like fire and ice. Theirs was a passionate friendship/kinship/borderline love affair. Sometimes they were of one mind, other times they would do things so stupid it was like they had only one mind between them. Needless to say, trouble had a way of finding them, following them and even moving in to the spare room for a while.
Machete & The Ghost is the book that charts the careers of the two greatest All Blacks who never existed. It chronicles their mythical on-field achievements; tells invented stories about the behind-the-scenes goings on of professional rugby; and also makes up their troubles and triumphs off the field, in their tabloid-worthy private lives. This is the book that takes all the tropes you've read in every other rugby biography and twists and turns them for shameless comedic benefit.
Machete & The Ghost -- totally made up, but by people who know and love the game of rugby enough to make all the bullshit sound entirely plausible.
James Griffin was one half of the creative pair behind Outrageous Fortune, which won him the Air New Zealand Screen Award for Best Script Drama/Comedy in 2007 and also the award for Best Script at the 2007 Qantas Television Awards. James also co-wrote the 2006 blockbuster hit Sione’s Wedding with Oscar Kightley. He is currently Head Writer at South Pacific Pictures. Other television credits include Mercy Peak, Spin Doctors, bro’Town (as story producer), Gloss, Funny Business, Marlin Bay, More Issues, Plainclothes, That Comedy Show, Citylife, The Chosen, Jacksons Wharf, Shortland Street, Street Legal, Being Eve, The Almighty Johnsons, and Blue Rose. James has also written for theatre, with his play Serial Killers performed by four major theatre companies and won the 2000 Chapman Tripp Award for Best New Writer. He also writes a weekly column for ‘Canvas’ magazine.