Canuck joins town’s rugby internationals


Morgan Walker hopes a season of competitive rugby in Oamaru will be another step towards her dream of playing at an international level.
Walker, a loose forward, is among a bunch of imports in the North Otago women’s side this season.
The 18-year-old originally played for a club in Abbotsford, British Columbia, before transferring to the Bayside Sharks in White Rock to play at a higher level.
She initially looked into playing a season in Auckland but the opportunity to come to North Otago arose and she snapped it up.
Walker has already represented Canada at under-20 level and said her goal was to step up to test rugby in the future.
She played all sports as a child and was a keen ballet dancer from the age of three before shelving that in favour of rugby, and pursuing the sport seriously from the age of 14.
Walker has enjoyed her first few weeks in Oamaru.
“Everyone’s super chill, super nice and that was what I was expecting coming down here,” she said.
“I love small towns with so much to see.”Walker missed North Otago’s pre-season game against Alhambra-Union but made her debut on the side of the scrum in the loss to Pirates in Dunedin in the opening round of the women’s club competition.
“It sure made me excited for the rest of the season with the way all of us came together so quickly.
“We know what we’ve got to work on and are prepared to do what it takes to make this season a success.”

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