An opportunity to to play rugby in the best rugby nation in the world was too good of an opportunity for one Canadian rugby player to turn down.
Be Le Sage, of Calgary, came to New Zealand four weeks ago with Canadian under 20 teammate Djustice Sears-Duru to experience playing rugby in New Zealand.
Despite only being here for a month, Le Sage said the rugby has lived up to his expectations.
“It’s fantastic the rugby is just a bit quicker than back home and they love to throw the ball around which is good being a back.”
Le Sage said North Otago chief executive Colin Jackson saw him and a couple of his teammates playing and made them an offer..
“Colin Jackson saw us playing and decided to offer us a chance to play rugby in New Zealand which we jumped at, he signed us up to different clubs.”
Le Sage started playing rugby about nine years ago and first started off at first-five before making the shift out to centre once he got a bit bigger.
“I enjoyed flyhalf, but centre is good as I get a bit of space with the ball in hand so that’s fun, I can play 12 also.”
Like everyone else who is over here to improve their rugby Le Sage would try and make his way into the North Otago squad.
“That’s the ultimate goal to play for North Otago, hopefully I can get some good rugby under my belt and push my claim.”
Returning to New Zealand would be something Le Sage considers once his visa runs out.
“I’m here till October then hopefully if I get the chance I can come back in the future.”
He would love to help Canada make it to the proper Junior World Cup next year and then hopefully force his way into the Canadian national side.
“I want to hopefully make it into the national side in the near future.”
Le Sage plays for Excelsior in the Oamaru Liquorland Citizen’s Shield.
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY
PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Ben Le Sage, a former goal kicking first-five, now plies his trade as a centre for Excelsior.