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PostSubject: Jack to Continue Reverse Drain   Jack to Continue Reverse Drain Icon_minitimeSat Apr 25, 2009 1:23 pm

Veteran All Blacks lock Chris Jack has re-signed with the New Zealand Rugby Union until 2011.

Jack, who left New Zealand rugby after the failed 20007 World Cup campaign to link with English club Saracens, has given himself a chance to be involved in the next four-yearly tournament in New Zealand.

The 67-test veteran will rejoin the Crusaders from next year and is likely to be aligned with the Tasman union before then, although that is yet to be confirmed and he will not contest this year's Air NZ Cup.

New Zealand Rugby Union general manager professional rugby Neil Sorensen told The Press the signing was an excellent outcome for New Zealand rugby.

"We're rapt to have a player like Chris back with all his experience. It's great for our depth, he's eager and highly motivated," Sorenson said.

Jack joins five-eighth Luke McAlister in returning to New Zealand from the English game. McAlister will return to New Zealand in June after ending his stint with Sale and is likely to link with the All Blacks in either the June tests against France and Italy - if injuries strike key players - or in the subsequent Tri-Nations.
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PostSubject: Re: Jack to Continue Reverse Drain   Jack to Continue Reverse Drain Icon_minitimeSat Apr 25, 2009 1:43 pm

Thats good!, dunno if he'l get back in the All Blacks though
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PostSubject: Re: Jack to Continue Reverse Drain   Jack to Continue Reverse Drain Icon_minitimeSun Apr 26, 2009 12:31 am

He may - our locks aren't exactly rocking the world right now. Imagine if our locking combo come 2011 was Jack and Thorn?!?!?! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Jack to Continue Reverse Drain   Jack to Continue Reverse Drain Icon_minitimeSun Apr 26, 2009 3:58 am

how old will he be>?
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PostSubject: Re: Jack to Continue Reverse Drain   Jack to Continue Reverse Drain Icon_minitimeSun Apr 26, 2009 6:45 am

In 2011?

33 later in the year so about the same age that Johnson was when he won the 03 WC. If he's good enough at the time, age shouldnt be an issue

I think there's sometimes too much emphasis on younger players. The English proved in 03, despite the Dads army barbs being levelled from this part of the world, that maturity and experience can prove invaluable in big games.

Sure they made a mess of their succession plans post WC, but they still won when it really counted and it was off the back of warhorses like Johnson.
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PostSubject: Re: Jack to Continue Reverse Drain   Jack to Continue Reverse Drain Icon_minitimeSun Apr 26, 2009 7:49 am

Events like WC's rely heavily on nous, composure and experience - and who has that in abundance? The older players!!!

I for one wouldn't be unhappy with our top locks come WC time being Williams, Jack and Thorn. Guys like Boric and Ross can be around as well, while the likes of Eaton and Thrush could fill the role of Lock/Blindside Utility which is often desired.
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