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