Exciting Northland halfback signs for the Blues

Exciting Northland halfback signs for the Blues

New Zealand Schools halfback Sam Nock will join the teenage talent at the Blues next year.

The 18 year old from Northland, who will play for the Taniwha in the ITM Cup competition this season, is one of the most sought-after players coming out of the college scene.
Nock, originally from Moerewa Primary School in Northland, gained a scholarship to Saint Kentigern College in Auckland, where he played three years in the 1st XV, including his final year as captain.
He amassed an outstanding record as the school went unbeaten for nearly three years, winning the national schools title, and the world schools crown in Japan, as well as playing a key role for New Zealand Schools in international wins against Fiji and Australia last year.
ìSam is another key young signing who is ready to play at Super Rugby level now,î said Blues High Performance Manager, Tony Hanks.
ìHe joins a group of young players who we have identified as possessing the skills and most importantly the attitude and aptitude to be successful in the professional rugby scene for the Blues.
ìThe Blues are working hard with our provincial unions and with schools on identifying talent and Sam most certainly fits into that category as both a very talented player and future leader.î
He played for the Blues Under-18 side last year and has immersed himself into the Blues organisation over the past few weeks as he rehabs from hip surgery.
ìIt’s really exciting to be part of the Blues and I’ve been really impressed with the environment since I’ve been involved and learned a lot already,î Nock said.
ìAll the staff and players have welcomed me in to the group and I can’t wait until next season.î
He is on target to return to action in time for the ITM Cup with Northland where he will pair up with Blues first-five Dan Bowden, and will link to the Kerikeri club where he grew up.
Northland is dear to his heart with his father Peter Nock a Coach Development Manager for Northland Rugby Union and coaches the Northland Development side this year.