Make ‘em proud Jack

Northern News - - FRONT PAGE - BAYLEY MOOR

New All Black Jack Good­hue found out he was named in the squad with an un­ex­pected text mes­sage.

The 22-year-old mid­fielder from Kawakawa says he was hav­ing a cup of tea with his grand­par­ents and wasn’t even lis­ten­ing to the live broad­cast of the squad an­nounce­ment on Oc­to­ber 23.

‘‘Some­one text me and said con­grats and I found the stream pretty quickly af­ter that,’’ Good­hue says.

‘‘It’s pretty over­whelm­ing, there had been a bit of hype be­fore­hand but you don’t know un­til it’s of­fi­cial. ‘‘It’s pretty crazy re­ally.’’

Grand­dad and grandma were over the moon, he says.

‘‘They prob­a­bly wouldn’t have found out un­til a bit later oth­er­wise, so it was a treat to share it with them.’’

Good­hue has been named in the squad for the All Blacks North­ern Tour to the UK and Europe, along­side three other un­capped play­ers.

Although he trained with the All Blacks dur­ing the Lions tour in June, this is the first time he has been of­fi­cially named in the squad.

Good­hue - who started play­ing rugby at five years old for United Kawakawa - says the Lions tour was a good way to get used to the All Blacks en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘It was great to be in there, and get used to that en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘It can be quite over­whelm­ing, so now I’ve bro­ken the ice, it’s a bit more com­fort­able.’’

The All Blacks an­nounce­ment caps a strong Mitre 10 Cup sea­son play­ing for North­land, where they reached the semi fi­nals, af­ter play­ing provin­cially for Can­ter­bury and notch­ing two Su­per Rugby cam­paigns with the Cru­saders.

‘‘It’s great to rep­re­sent North­land and my home com­mu­nity, hope­fully I can go over there and make them proud.’’

He says he is hope­ful of get­ting game time in the black jer­sey.

‘‘It’s every school child’s dream, so I am hope­ful but we will see how we go.

‘‘I will just try and play my own game and fo­cus on the traits that got me in, try not to over-think and learn and grow as much as I can.’’

Good­hue won’t call him­self an All Black un­til he gets onto the field, he says.

Good­hue played for the All

Blacks Sevens in 2015, and along­side twin brother Josh, in the New Zealand Un­der-20s. He was also vice cap­tain of that team.

Fel­low North­land Tani­wha team mates prop Ross Wright and flanker Dan Pryor have been named in the New Zealand Maori team for a twom­atch end of sea­son tour to Canada and France.

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