Young Scot Angus Rennie has been enjoying a spell playing in New Zealand – and has been rewarded by being selected for the 2017 Canterbury Country senior squad.
That squad will play matches against Southland, Otago, Tasman and Nelson and Angus is hopeful of making his mark.
Angus, a centre/winger who has played for Aberdeen Grammar, Stewart’s Melville and Falkirk, got the chance to play abroad through Kevin Wyness.
“He was one of my former coaches at Aberdeen Grammar and he got in contact with me about playing in New Zealand for Saracens who are based In Rangiora, North Canterbury,” the 22-year-old said.
“I jumped at the chance and I feel the standard is very similar to Premiership level back home, it’s not as structured but the speed and intensity of the game is far greater and this is at Division One level.
“Initially, I was only going to be over here for the rugby season, so between April and September, but in the process of doing my visa I was advised to apply for two years if I ever wanted to come back.
“Now I have been here I’ve decided to stay for the two years and play another season here and to travel around through the New Zealand summer and see some of my former team mates who came and played in Scotland.
“It’s been amazing, I was lucky to be here when the Lions were here. I saw Alistair Munro, who I have played for with the PROJECX Waterboys in the past, at the Crusaders game and the amount of fans over here was incredible.”
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