Bryn Hall’s stellar year has continued with the Blues halfback recently named captain of the North Harbour ITM Cup side.
It has been a remarkable rise for the 22-year-old who was a revelation in 2014, putting a season of illness and injury behind him in 2013 to come of age and usurp veteran All Black Piri Weepu as the number one halfback for the Blues.
Hall takes over the reigns from fellow Blues player James Parsons.
North Harbour head coach Steve Jackson, who led the Blues to victory at the inaugural World Club 10s tournament in Singapore, said the decision to promote Hall over Parsons was a difficult one.
“It has undoubtedly been my toughest decision so far,” Jackson said.
“James is a top bloke who is Harbour through and through. He continues to impress all those around him – that is just the kind of bloke he is, but I feel for him to take his game to a new level, releasing him from the captaincy is the right thing to do.
“I see this as a real win-win as the same can be said for Bryn. I believe the captaincy role will further develop Bryn who has already had a stand-out season cementing his position at the Blues.”
Hall is no stranger to captaincy, having captained the St Peter’s College 1st XV and also co-captained the New Zealand Under-20s at the 2012 Junior World Championship in South Africa.
“I can’t deny that I was stoked to be offered the captaincy,” Hall said.
“I have heaps of respect for the job James has done and hope I earn the same respect from the boys. This season has a really good feel about it and we can’t wait to get into it.
“This Friday we get the chance to test ourselves against the All Blacks and then the following week we kick off in the ITM Cup. We look at that draw and feel excited; we can’t wait to prove to ourselves and our fans that we are the real deal, that we are moving onwards and upwards.”
Hall will captain North Harbour when they take on the All Blacks at QBE Stadium this Friday night (kick-off 6pm).
Billed as a game of three halves, the All Blacks kick off the evening with 40 minutes against Harbour, followed by 40 against Northland, with Harbour back on for the final 40 against Northland.
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