Se­lec­tion ‘ic­ing on cake’

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA TANI­RAU

For as long as he can re­mem­ber, Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Lo­gan Allen has had a rugby ball in his hands.

The 17-year-old, who plays at full­back, has had an im­pres­sive sea­son with the col­lege First XV and is start­ing to get recog­nised for his tal­ents.

Out of 46 tri­al­lists, Lo­gan was one of 26 who made it into the fi­nal Waikato U17 squad.

Hav­ing never made a rep­re­sen­ta­tive team be­fore, be­ing picked for the squad was some­thing Lo­gan wasn’t ex­pect­ing.

‘‘I got the phone call and I was stoked,’’ he said.

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Hin­uera ‘‘pretty much all his life’’, this achieve­ment is the ic­ing on the cake for Lo­gan.

His goal kick­ing skills helped his col­lege team make it to the Waikato Rugby Sec­ondary School’s 1st Di­vi­sion semi-fi­nal against Hamil­ton Boys’ High School where they nar­rowly missed out on vic­tory.

Lo­gan’s style of play has been com­pared to cur­rent Waikato Chiefs’ first five-eight Gareth An­scombe.

On his way: Lo­gan Allen has se­cured a spot in the Waikato U17 rugby squad.

mata­mata.edi­tor@wrcn.co.nz

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