Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Men in Black (update)


NZRU pays tribute to Marty Holah

The New Zealand Rugby Union today paid tribute to Chiefs and Waikato stalwart Marty Holah, who has announced that he will join Welsh club Ospreys later this year.

Holah will join the club at the conclusion of Waikato’s Air New Zealand Cup campaign.

New Zealand Rugby Union Deputy Chief Executive Steve Tew said the 30-year-old flanker went with the organisation’s blessing.

“Marty epitomises professionalism and humility and he goes with our best wishes. He has served his province, franchise and country with pride and distinction and we wish him all the best as he embarks on a new chapter of his rugby career,” Tew said.

“He is a terrific person and player and there is no doubt that his experience and leadership will be missed at all levels. But Marty feels the time is right for him to experience a new rugby environment and we thank him for his outstanding service to New Zealand rugby,” Tew added.

Rugby: Somerville off to World Cup
Tue, 14 Aug 2007 02:06p.m.

Greg Somerville's 'old head' gave him the extra time he needed to join the All Blacks mission to win the Rugby World Cup.

Coach Graham Henry's confirmed the Canterbury front-rower in his 30 man squad today - after recovering from achilles and eye injuries.

It's been a frustrating time for 29 year old Somerville, who's been hanging out for the last four years for another crack at rugby's biggest prize.

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