All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick 'announces' North Canterbury rugby squad video

Brodie Retallick in action for the All Blacks.
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Brodie Retallick in action for the All Blacks.

Who says the All Blacks aren't engaged with grassroots' rugby?

Towering test lock Brodie Retallick is used to hearing his name announced in All Black teams.

But the 25-year-old has become the "announcer" - reading out the 2017 Kaiapoi rugby senior squad in a video link on the North Canterbury club's Facebook page.

Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick touches down for a try against the Melbourne Rebels.
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Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick touches down for a try against the Melbourne Rebels.

Retallick, the 2014 World Rugby player of the year, read the 25 names after a brief introduction from his cousin, Melbourne Rebels and Bay of Plenty lock Cullum Retallick.

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The Kaiapoi side is coached by Retallick's cousin, former North Canterbury and Canterbury Country back Matt Newton.

Amberley-born Retallick has other Kaiapoi links.

His uncle, 1980s All Blacks prop John Ashworth, was one of the club's most famous players and his older brother, Brook Retallick, spent a season with Kaiapoi before returning to Glenmark.

Retallick also played in North Canterbury age group teams with current Kaiapoi forwards Dene Steere and Chris Smith.

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The 60-test lock scored a try in the Chiefs' 27-14 win over cousin Cullum's Rebels in Melbourne last Friday.

 - Stuff

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