WAIKATO

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AGE 20 COUN­TRY NZ PO­SI­TION BACK- ROW

When did you first play rugby? When I was five, at pri­mary school. I played in the backs up un­til Year 11, so un­til I was 16. Then in Years 12 and 13 I moved to the for­wards.

Why the switch? I was put in the backs as we didn’t have many in school. I al­ways wanted to be a loose for­ward. It’s in the name – link with the backs, have a run, get into rucks and do the dirty work. What was it like to play in last year’s U20 World Cup with your brother, Mitch? Awe­some. It was a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity. We’ve played a lit­tle bit at club level and hope­fully we’ll play for rep teams as well. Ideally I’d like to play with both my broth­ers (Mitch and Kane) – we’ve only done it once be­fore. How did you fi nd play­ing in the Bris­bane 10s? It was re­ally cool. I was one of the youngest there and played along­side Liam Mes­sam and Tim Nanai-Wil­liams. It was great to see how the pro­fes­sion­als do things. We won as well, so it was an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence. You’re cap­tain­ing New Zealand at this Ju­nior World Cup in Ge­or­gia… It’s a huge hon­our to lead the boys onto the field. It’s some­thing I’m look­ing for­ward to and I have help from Ere (Enari) and the lead­er­ship group. How well can you do? We wouldn’t be go­ing if we didn’t think we could win. Ge­or­gia’s dry tracks should let us play the foot­ball we like to play and we’re in with a good chance. What are your aims over the next 12 months? This year I’m try­ing to work to­wards play­ing for my re­gion back in Waikato and get­ting a cap for them.

Chief at­tack Jacobson in action at the Bris­bane 10s

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