Make ‘em proud Jack
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.