Topic: Rugby

Milner-Skudder excites youth in Greytown

By Ripeka Timutimu
  • North Island: East Coast
  • Wellington

With Waisake Naholo out for the first two games of the Rugby World Cup, Nehe Milner-Skudder looks to be the starting 14 for the All Blacks.

It wasn't that long ago Nehe Milner-Skudder was on the other side of the table.

He says, “I remember being a little fulla and the All Blacks used to come into town, I'd be there trying to get autographs, being a hōhā.”

Milner-Skudder is likely to start on the right wing for the All Blacks at the World Cup.

He says, “We'll probably have those conversations with the coaches.  I have lots of things to work on.”

Paora Ammunson says, “He would be a good addition to the team.  We feel for our Ngāti Kahungunu relative Cory Jane.  Only time will tell whether he'll be given another opportunity.” 

Corey Jane is unwanted by the All Blacks and Milner-Skudder is in favour, but veteran Ma'a Nonu says he's got a big challenge ahead of him.

“He needs to do what he needs to do for himself.  Do his job and bring some excitement to the team.”

Milner-Skudder could take some of the excitement seen amongst the faces of the fans from Greytown to the World Cup.