Christchurch fullback Will Jordan scores four tries and gets Tasman Makos deal
If there was ever any doubt why, at the age of 19, Will Jordan belongs playing Christchurch Metro Division One rugby, he cemented his spot in emphatic style last weekend.
The fleet-footed fullback scored four of Christchurch's 10 tries in a 62-8 win over High School Old Boys to be first equal on the try-scoring table.
Along the way, he picked up a point towards the Hawkins Medal. Each week independent observers award three, two or one points to the best three players in each match to find the Most Valuable Player in the competition.
Whilst this is his first year paying division one rugby, he was a classy Colts player for Christchurch and Canterbury and looks as though he is hungry to meet the challenge that playing at a higher level offers.
An exciting player with a blisteringly bright future in the game, Jordan was a stand-out performer in the 2015 Christchurch Boys' High School 1st XV, scoring 19 tries in 11 games to finish the UC Championship as the competition's leading try-scorer.
Christchurch's new coach Simon Kneebone began his tenure in January, but coached the premier colts side for three seasons – with Jordan in the backline for two of them.
"As a coach, it is fabulous to have a player like Will Jordan in the team", said Kneebone.
"There is no doubt whatsoever that Will has an exciting future in the game. It is his for the taking.
"His strength, his attacking style and his blistering speed are only outweighed by his attitude off the field.
"He is an exceptionally grounded young man with an incredible work ethic and no ego. He has fitted in well with the team, but make no mistake, he has worked his way in".
On the Tasman Mako's radar for quite some time, Jordan has been offered a two-year contract with them.
His knack for scoring tries got him noticed and his ability to break through defence and find the line is one of the reasons that he has such an exciting future ahead of him.
The fact that he is so consistent is another tick in Jordan's box. He is part of the New Zealand Under 20 squad about to depart for Australia with their sights set firmly on qualifying for the Youth World Cup.
Unusually enough, it hasn't just been rugby that Jordan is passionate about.
A gifted cricketer (who was also in the Crusaders Knights Development squad), he had had to make the decision recently to commit solely to rugby. As it transpired, it was an easy call to make, such is his desire to continue achieving in rugby.
"Providing Will stays injury-free, there is no reason why he can't achieve at the highest level in the game in New Zealand", Kneebone said.
"He works hard on all aspects of his game and whilst he is still young and still developing, it is very clear he has the dedication, attitude and talent to make it all the way".
As part of the Christchurch Club's mentoring programme, Jordan has been taken under his wing by one of the older players.
"It's a way to make sure that the club culture is one of support and guidance for the younger players coming through", Kneebone said.