HOT­SHOTS When did you first play?

get to know the two start­ing scrum-halves from the u20 World Cham­pi­onship fi­nal

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at pri­mary school and I joined my first club at 12. Rugby was my favourite sport and once I started at the club, me and my brother took it se­ri­ously.

Have you al­ways been a nine?

I played first-five (fly-half) up un­til last year, then I made the change to half-back. Po­si­tions avail­able in teams and op­por­tu­ni­ties to play con­trib­uted to that. the po­si­tion has grown on me now.

You started a lot of games in Can­ter­bury’s Mitre 10 Cup suc­cess last year…

Play­ing half-back was one of the rea­sons I had the op­por­tu­nity to play in the Mitre 10 Cup in the first place, but it was a big sur­prise to play in so many games – I’d been ex­pect­ing to play in the u19s tour­na­ment.

Did you en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence?

Def­i­nitely. It helped me a lot, es­pe­cially as there were quite a few all Blacks avail­able for Can­ter­bury.

Two of your un­cles are for­mer All Blacks – Michael Jones and Eroni Clarke…

the big­gest ad­vice I got grow­ing up around them is that fam­ily is very im­por­tant. Es­pe­cially see­ing how un­cle Michael is in the com­mu­nity – he’s never too big to talk to any­one, to give his time.

What are your strengths? My pass – I’ve been work­ing on it since I was lit­tle. I want to be a run­ning threat, an at­tack­ing threat, as well.

What are your goals for the next 12 months?

the first one was to do well at the World Cup! then to have a good Mitre 10 sea­son, and next year I’m fully in­volved at the Cru­saders, so that’s ex­cit­ing.

What do you do off the field?

I’m study­ing marketing. I’m also learn­ing to surf with my flat­mate. I’m pro­gress­ing bet­ter than I thought I would and it’s good fun.

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