Lead­ing from half­back for St Peter’s

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He was well aware of the big step needed to move into a rugby ca­reer.

‘‘When the time comes I’ll be ready for it,’’ he said.

Last year Roigard played for the NZ U17 Har­lequins and had fea­tured in a num­ber of age group teams.

For now he’s fo­cused on next week’s game, know­ing he has a job to do for his school.

‘‘To con­tinue into rep­re­sen­ta­tive rugby, I know I have to catch the at­ten­tion of the Waikato se­lec­tors.

‘‘My goal is to make the Chiefs U18 squad which is named later in the year.’’

To help round out Roigard’s un­der­stand­ing for the game, he was se­lected to play the piv­otal first-five role in the lo­cal derby against Cam­bridge High School re­cently.

‘‘Our coach wants each player to learn, and ap­pre­ci­ate, what the game is like for the player Do you have a story for our

se­ries? Send in your suggestions to: mike.bain@stuff.co.nz who is stand­ing next to you.

‘‘I en­joyed the experience as I could run with the ball more and had more con­trol over the game.’’

He un­der­stood the abil­ity to con­trol both the backs and for­wards was im­por­tant for those play­ing in the num­ber 10 jersey.

He showed plenty of fi­nesse play­ing at first-five for St Peter’s, when the team took on St Paul’s re­cently.

MIKE BAIN/STUFF

St Peter’s rugby half­back Cameron Roigard swapped to the team’s piv­otal role of first-five for the game against Cam­bridge High School.

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