Super Rugby: Anton Segner, the rising German from Tasman, signs a 3-year contract with the Blues

Anton Segner's impressive form with Tasman earned the young German a three-year contract with the Blues.

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Anton Segner’s impressive form with Tasman earned the young German a three-year contract with the Blues.

The Blues continue to build their Super Rugby squad with the addition of 20-year-old Tasman-based German striker Anton Segner on a three-year contract.

Segner joins last year’s key young additions, Sam Darry and Taine Plumtree, as an investment in the future, with Blues coach Leon MacDonald leading the rugged German who came to Nelson College for a school exchange in 2017 and never left.

MacDonald first spotted the impressive youngster during his last year as Tasman Mako coach, and has had him on his radar ever since.

“I was impressed with him as a schoolboy and have followed him ever since. Not only does he have all the physical qualities and all the skills, but he has an exceptional work ethic, ”said the Blues coach.

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“Anton is a young leader on and off the pitch and will be a great addition to the Blues’ young talent pool. These young guys have played together at higher prices and will be the future of our club.

The loose, 1.92m, 108kg forward is a native of Frankfurt and was captain of Nelson College in a historic regional varsity victory, captain of the Under-20 Crusaders and has been named to schools and under-teams. 20 year old from New Zealand. He joined Mako in 2020.

Segner is well aware that he is somehow taking a historic path and hopes to make the most of this opportunity.

“There aren’t too many Germans who come here to play rugby,” he said to himself. “I am extremely grateful for all the opportunities that lie ahead, but also for those that I have had the chance so far. It all sounded pretty surreal, ”he said.

While Segner has settled into Nelson’s life well, he has no qualms about heading to the big city to practice his rugby trade, or joining a Blues team clearly on their way to their Super Rugby triumph. Trans-Tasman.

Anton Segner has been on Leon MacDonald's radar since arriving in Nelson in 2017.

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Anton Segner has been on Leon MacDonald’s radar since arriving in Nelson in 2017.

“I’ve been drawn to the Blues charts for the past two years. The Blues have three All Black loose forwards and there is a huge opportunity not only to play but also to learn from other players.

“Since I have been in school [in Nelson], I rubbed shoulders with the environment of the Crusaders. When the Blues opportunity presented itself, I was drawn to the idea of ​​doing something different and challenging myself in a different environment.

The youngster, who was introduced to rugby at an English-speaking school in Frankfurt, said Thing in 2019, his ambition was to someday play for the All Blacks – even though it was already realistic enough that he had an exhaustive process to follow.

“The All Blacks are definitely the biggest goal, but I just want to make sure I don’t put all my eggs in one basket and give my all for the All Blacks because I know I’m in a very lucky position to play rugby professionally. , he said then.

Segner, who learned the haka on his own even before coming to New Zealand, said his family in Germany were thrilled with the biggest stage of his rugby career to date.

“Mum, dad and my two brothers are back in Germany, but I talk to them almost every day and keep them up to date with what’s going on here. They are extremely happy for me and extremely proud. And when Jacinda allows it, they can’t wait to come see me play for the Blues. “

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