He’s the latest recruit to the Over-30’s NZ Tag Blacks side, that will contest the International Tag Federation World Cup to be held in Sunshine Coast, Australia.
But for David Tapene, his horizon just got that much brighter receiving the news he had made the national side.
A senior staffer from the Royal New Zealand Navy taking on his latest mission.
Tapene, of Ngāti Hine and Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent says, he is eager to “head over there and hopefully show our goodies” on the field.
It's the first time David Tapene has been named to the NZ Tag Blacks this weekend, with the International Tag Football World Cup his main objective.
Tapene, a senior staffer in the Royal New Zealand Navy based at Devonport says, “doing the haka and just repping Aotearoa and New Zealand and being us. We play our own game, we dont play like anyone else, just be like New Zealand.”
26 countries from around the world, will compete in 19 divisions for world tag supremacy, with the hope that they will be seen to head on to further honours.
Crediting some of his success to his cousin, who has just debuted at his own World Cup.
“Nehe was only young, think the last time I seen him was a couple of years ago at one of my first cousins 21st, and he was only young,” says Tapene, reminiscing about cousin and current All Black winger, Nehe Milner-Skudder who has just made his RWC debut this morning, against Argentina.
However, Tapene says, the All Black connection to the Tag Blacks this year runs a bit deeper than the two test sensation.
“Our tag ambassador being Michael Jones, our tuakana, our idol we look up to DJ Forbes, and Parekura Collins that wrote the haka that all the NZ teams are going to take over there and showcase.”
The biggest hope is to bring back what he's been dreaming so long about.
“Hopefully going to bring that trophy back home.”
The International Tag Football World Cup starts on December 4.