Stanaway gears up for early start

Tuesday January 09, 2018 Written by Published in Rugby Union
Teddy Stanaway in action for New Zealand against Australia. 18010820 Teddy Stanaway in action for New Zealand against Australia. 18010820

New Zealand Sevens representative and former Under 20s Cook Islands captain Teddy Stanaway will lace up the boots a little early this week as he prepares to participate in the Bayleys National Sevens tournament in Rotorua, New Zealand.

 

The standout player in the abbreviated format will represent his club side, the Bay of Plenty, and will be joined by fellow national teammates Bailey Simonsson and Luke Masirewa.

Later this month the 28-year-old is expected to once again don the All Blacks jersey as the Kiwi side travel to Sydney, Australia, to compete in the third leg of the World Rugby Sevens circuit.

Stanaway featured in four games in the previous tournament, in Cape Town, South Africa, in what was ultimately a New Zealand victory as they defeated Argentina 38-14 in the final.

A bustling centre in the 15-man game, Stanaway captained the Cook Islands back in 2008 at the U20 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy.

Although the team lost their three pool matches, they were victorious over Jamaica in seven vs eight playoff, winning 54-15.

The 1.85m, 97kg player clearly made an impression despite the results, as he was selected the next year for the U20 New Zealand side that won the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship.

A proud Kuki, Stanaway said that there was no place like home, when asked by All Blacks.com what his favourite holiday destination was.

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