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PostSubject: Braid returns to NZ to push for World Cup place   Braid returns to NZ to push for World Cup place Icon_minitimeThu Apr 29, 2010 6:32 am

The 29-year-old Braid, who will rejoin the
Auckland Rugby
Union on July 1, had been playing for the Queensland Reds in
the Super 14 and therefore ineligible for selection by All
Blacks coach Graham Henry. Only
players resident in New Zealand are eligible. Braid has re-signed for two years, the NZRU said in a
statement on Thursday, coming with Tanerau Latimer's decision
to extend his contract until 2012 to fight for a World Cup spot
. "We're delighted that Daniel has chosen to come back and
commit to New Zealand rugby," NZRU chief executive Steve Tew
said. "He has been an outstanding
player both in his previous
time in New Zealand and during this time with the Reds and his
talent is widely recognised."
Braid has been one of the form players in this year's Super
rugby competition and been nominated as one of the 10 finalists
for the Australian Rugby Union's Super 14 player of the year.
The All Blacks have struggled to find cover for McCaw, with
Latimer, Scott Waldrom, Adam Thomson and George Whitelock all
given time in the number seven jersey when McCaw was injured or
being rested. "Having the rugby
World Cup in your home country and the
opportunity to potentially push for a place to represent New
Zealand is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Braid. "This was a factor in my decision to return
home."



Despite having a very decent Super season, I don't think he's got much of a chance making the World Cup squad...Karl Lowe, I reckon will be openside back-up,
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Lowe's got a fair way to go yet I'm afraid - agree he should be there though! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Braid returns to NZ to push for World Cup place   Braid returns to NZ to push for World Cup place Icon_minitimeThu Apr 29, 2010 1:45 pm

I think theres something in the rules that say an overseas player is only allowed to be at a club for 2 seasons? Something like that anyway, so I was expecting him to leave. Will be a big loss for us though, hes been awesome this yr so good luck to him. Dunno if he will make it or not but its worth a shot.
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