You don’t have to write many lines to tell that in New Zealand rugby is lived with passion and that when the All Blacks the country is paralyzed. The enthusiasm and the dream of any child is to get to wear the black shirt, but there are always exceptions. Australia’s center Irae Simone, who was born and raised in Auckland, confessed that his dream as a boy was … to play for the Wallabies !!
At age 11, Simone told her family in a home video that she wanted to play for the Australian national team. Just over a week ago Simone remembered that video with her parents, who still remain in New Zealand, after being First called up by coach Dave Rennie to play the Bledisloe Cup against New Zealand and, later, the Rugby Championship.
The center that was crowned local Super Rugby champion with Brumbies last weekend and came to share a team at the Mount Albert Grammar School in Auckland with Jack Goodhue, he referred to the famous video: “I admired many All Blacks players, but I never wanted to play for them and my family is very supportive of the Wallabies. To be shown that video and my parents tell me what I said back then, it’s crazy, I still have to pinch myself to believe I’m here. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity. I’m going to take it all in, enjoy this experience and hopefully add a few minutes. “
The reason for your love for Wallabies as a child? The great Matt Giteau. “I’m not going to lie, he was my favorite player,” said the 25-year-old back. “His skills, his way of thinking, his game, I always admired him. Also to Gregan. At that time the Wallabies were at their peak.”
In fact, when Giteau burst onto the scene in Australian rugby, the Wallabies were World Champions in 1999, winning the series against the British & Irish Lions and also winning the Bledisloe Cup against New Zealand.