Right, and I assume one of Patea or Waverley was in Wanganui and the other in Taranaki ?
Posts made by Rapido
RE: Exodus 2017
Wanganui lock and Meads Cup winner, Gavin Thornbury, is heading for Connacht for next season.
The Kiwi 6'7" lock played a central role in the Meads Cup win, scoring the winning try in the Heartland Championship last year. Thornbury will join a few other Kiwi recruits at the western province with incoming Kiwi coach, Kieran Keane taking over the reins from Pat Lam.
Thornbury, a 23-year old graduate of Blackrock College, Dublin initially joined Leinster but got no game time so he emigrated to New Zealand for six months and played for Border on the Nth Island before a move to the Wanganui provincial team. A move to the Kiwi Exiles team in western Ireland was the next logical move where Thornbury may have to undergo the painful process of becoming an Irishman once again.
Remember reading about him last year in a piece kinsella did on some young Irish guys playing in NZ. Was a good read. Well done to him on getting a full time pro gig, and getting to travel etc as a means to getting there.
I have a pedantic issue though with the text you have quoted. You don't move move from the Border club to the Wanganui provincial team, you graduate. Border is part of the Wanganui provincial union.
Btw, for Naki locals question. Did Bordr used to be in Taranaki?
RE: Super Rugby News
Andre Esterhuizen (Sharks) suspended for 6 weeks for a dangerous (tip) tackle. Longest suspension of the season thus far.
Way, way back in my day. You would have tried to drive him back in goal for a 5m scrum, or towards the corner for an attacking line out.
RE: Hurricanes v Brumbies
From the Hurricanes on twitter: there was a crowd of 13,118 at McLean Park.
Oh, looked a sellout, but that is quite smallish. But still good for a metro area of about 100k.
What is the capacity of McLean Park these days?
RE: Hurricanes v Brumbies
And what about JTA into the AB squad this year ? His scrummaging has been impressive and he is very mobile for such a big man.
Remind me which side he plays again?
We need a replacement for Charlie F more than Crockett. Ofa still looks to be a project.
RE: June Internationals
Wow. Congrats Piers Francis. I think it's kinda awesome.
Ollie Jäger will be interested in that.
I'm ok with foreign players in SR, although having only 5 teams means someone needs to be really, really vigilant that there is no foreign build up in certain positions (ChrisB I recall pointed out this situation at tight head prop at the moment).
If nothing else, surely some foreigners helps with the overseas broadcast deals.
RE: The "other" round 8 Super Rugby games
A team only 2 years old, and a bit shit, have not earned the right to wear grey. Surely they actually need to build up an identity first before they can put out a nondescript grey alt kit.
Doesn't matter now. See ya later Spears.