George Bower had his dream debut with the All Blacks jersey in the win against Tonga having entered as the second row at 29 years old. Bower is the player who had his best moment in a great stage, but who did not prevent him from representing New Zealand on the court after some good years with the Crusaders and that he described as “a dream come true”.
The forward was born in Wellington of Fijian descent. In 2014 he moved to Dunedin, where he set out to have a teaching career and cover up an injury crisis in Harbor Hawks, a city club. Between cutting his hair and being like a body double in the All Blacks photos, Bower played a bit for Otago until he got the call to don the Christchurch T-shirt.
Despite having made his debut there, until 2020 he did not have a stable position in the team after having shown solidity. He was even called in that year to cover an injury in the New Zealand national team, but unfortunately he could not take the field in the match against Australia.
However, the moment came and Bower commented on this after the historic win against Tonga: “I’m 29 years old, I came to rugby a bit old. When I did it with Crusaders, I wanted to be like the rest, a sponge, learn as much as possible.”
In addition, he confessed which were the great names that he followed in his beginnings: “In my first year there were Owen Franks, Tim Perry, Joe Moody, Michael Alaalatoa, all star front lines. What I did was take everything I could from them and try to impose it on my game and skills. That’s why I’m here today. here”.
And finally, he declared: “I was motivated by having worked very hard this year (2021) in Super Rugby so that I could have an opportunity to represent the All Blacks. My family was watching the game at my house and they were speechless. “.