Monday Dec 4, 2017

Kiwi Hadleigh Parkes chokes up from messages of support after Wales debut

Kiwi Hadleigh Parkes chokes up from messages of support after Wales debut
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New Wales back Hadleigh Parkes had a dream debut on Saturday, scoring two tries in their 24-22 win over South Africa in Cardiff. The New Zealander’s name will be familiar to fans of Super Rugby, but after living in Wales for three years, he can now play for the country. 

WRU TV surprised him after the game with some emotional well wishes from back home, as his friends and family in New Zealand got behind him for this next chapter in his rugby career. 

Parkes, who only became eligible to play for Wales on the morning of the Test, got all teary-eyed when watching the supportive messages from back home. 

The 30-year-old is fully aware of the criticism surrounding players qualifying on residency, but as you can see in the video, it means a huge amount and his loved ones are fully behind him. 

“I arrived on the morning of the 2nd [December, 2014]. Some people probably have a bit to say about that, but you can’t blame the player for the opportunity he has been given.

“It is a huge opportunity and a huge privilege to be able to represent the Welsh people.”

World Rugby’s residency laws are set to change from three to five years. 

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  •  thefrontrow
    thefrontrow

    The overwhelming majority of All Blacks and Super Rugby players were born in NZ. Those that were not actually born in NZ have certainly spent most of their lives there and call it home. Being a Pacific Nation there are a large number of people of Samoan, Tongan, Fijian (etc) descent that have been in NZ for generations. I don't think it is accurate to say NZ scoops up lots of Pacific Island players, rather the All Blacks are a team of true Kiwis : )

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  •  hoot
    hoot

    Sorry if I'm being ignorant, but isn't it this law that lets New Zealand scoop up lots of Pacific island players? Or is that something else?

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  •  oldflyhalf
    oldflyhalf

    Not the Wales gave it him this opportunity, but those who "invented" the three-year residence law. Financial is a great deal for the resident player, but is fair play for the competitions, for those who have taught him everything he knows, who has invested a lot of money in him? No. Argument: Increase of residence periods to 5 years. ...and dont still okay. The only beneficiaries of this "residence law" are the northern hemisphere countries. ...is my opinion.

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  •  drg
    drg

    Difficult one really... any idea what his connection to Wales is.. I also find it difficult because, lets say I am not good enough to play for my home country, but I decide to up and leave, take all I have, and go and settle in, I dunno, soccer land, where I'm suddenly the greatest rugby player to ever exist, I'd be given the opportunity to play international rugby on a stage where I'd never get that chance back home because; lets just argue, my natural abilities are not as developed as the rest of the population - therefore I've been held back due to nature and not my desire/work rate (yeh,..that's life). For Hadleigh, I wish him all the best, at the end of the day, Wales gave him an opportunity, why wouldn't he take it..

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  •  hoot
    hoot

    Very nice for him personally and I wish him every success. But it does seem to make playing for a country more or less the same as playing for a club.

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