All Blacks boss de­lighted over young stars

New Straits Times - - Sport -

WELLING­TON: The All Blacks se­cured the sig­na­tures of young stars An­ton Lienert-Brown and Nathan Har­ris yes­ter­day, say­ing they were a big part of the world cham­pion team’s fu­ture plans.

New Zealand Rugby gen­eral man­ager Neil Sorensen said he was “over the moon” about re­tain­ing Lienert-Brown, 22, and Har­ris, 25.

“They are two play­ers, along with oth­ers, that the fu­ture suc­cess of New Zealand Rugby will be built on,” he said.

Lienert-Brown has signed un­til 2020 and Har­ris un­til 2019.

They will both re­main with the Waikato Chiefs Su­per Rugby team.

Lienert-Brown has be­come an in­te­gral part of the All Blacks’ mid­field since mak­ing his de­but last year, play­ing in nine Test matches.

In­jury has limited Har­ris to just four Test ap­pear­ances since his 2014 de­but, but the hooker is look­ing for an ex­tended pe­riod back in the game af­ter re­turn­ing from a knee op­er­a­tion. AFP

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