Rookie in Bar­bar­ians

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By BEN STRANG

Two lo­cal rugby play­ers will be lin­ing up for a New Zealand Bar­bar­ians team in next month’s Tag Rugby World Cup in Auck­land.

Sonny McBride and Sean Du­seigneur have made the 30- plus Bar­bar­ians side, while play­ing for Porirua team Valiants in a Welling­ton re­gional league.

The pair, who played for Para­pa­raumu’s se­nior A team this year, have rep­re­sented Horowhenua-Kapiti in the Heart­land Cham­pi­onship; McBride a mem­ber of this year’s team.

McBride, a first five-eighth, and Du­seigneur, a winger, have taken their knowl­edge of each other’s games and used it on the tag rugby field.

Tag rugby is an eight-a-side game blend­ing el­e­ments of rugby league, Rippa rugby and touch.

Play­ers rip a tag from the belt of the op­pos­ing player for a tackle. Af­ter six tack­les, pos­ses­sion changes to the other team, and the ball can be kicked any­time but not over waist height.

McBride has been play­ing since high school, and got Du­seigneur in­volved this year.

‘‘ We train twice a week, on Satur­day and Sun­day, in Porirua and play on Wed­nes­day nights. It’s a pretty good game. It’s sim­i­lar to rugby league, and they use it in pre sea­son and stuff, but it’s great for keep­ing you fit.’’

McBride had rep­re­sented New Zealand in the sport pre­vi­ously, but did not at­tend the na­tion­als this year and was asked to trial for the Bar­bar­ians. Du­seigneur also tri­alled, and both were se­lected for the world cup in De­cem­ber.

‘‘It’s only my first year, and to be play­ing in a world cup is pretty amaz­ing,’’ Du­seigneur said.

His build-up to the cup will be in­ter­rupted by a wed­ding in his na­tive Samoa, where he flew on Satur­day to be a grooms­man.

‘‘It will be pretty hec­tic. I just have to make sure I don’t drink too much, or lie on a beach too much,’’ he said.

The tour­na­ment is at North Har­bour Sta­dium on De­cem­ber 6 to 8.

Tag team: Sonny McBride won’t be run­ning from Sean Du­seigneur in the Tag Rugby World Cup. The pair have been se­lected to play for the New Zealand Bar­bar­ians.

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