Clare clearing off to Asia

PETER LAMPP
Last updated 08:30 20/10/2012

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An injury-free representative season for the Turbos has allowed Craig Clare to head off on Sunday for three weeks in Asia.

He will be playing the Malaysian 10s in Kuala Lumpur, the Singapore Sevens and the Borneo Sevens.

But before he boards the plane he has had a few days docking lambs on the family farm to keep him grounded.

Clare will reunite with the Kuala Lumpur-based club team, the Cobras. He played the 10s tournament with them two years ago and the 10-a-side tournament in Hong Kong.

After the grotty spring weather in New Zealand, Clare is looking forward to something hotter in Asia.

Manawatu halfback Karl Bryson is also playing in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore with another club.

After overcoming a shoulder injury suffered on Feilding's pre-season trip to the Gold Coast, Clare eased his way back through club rugby.

He has played 44 games for Manawatu and would like to bring up his 50 next year.

"It was good to start every game." he said.

All of his games this season were on the right wing and he acquitted himself well, and as a goal-kicker scoring 72 points. In the past he has had leg injuries but he was free of that this time.

Manawatu flanker Antonio Kiri Kiri leaves for Spain today to play in the off-season for Santboiana in Barcelona under Palmerston North coaches Lewis Williams and Bruce Hemara.

Also at the club are College Old Boys players Hamish McKellar and Cyrus Baker.

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