Kirwan: Don’t go, Rene Ranger
Wed, 27 Feb 2013 7:05a.m.
By 3 News online staff
New Super Rugby Blues coach Sir John Kirwan “would hate” to see the franchise and New Zealand rugby lose star centre Rene Ranger.
Ranger has been linked with a move to French club Montpellier; one of a number of recent high profile players chasing lucrative overseas contracts.
“I know he’s being sought by many clubs,” Kirwan told Firstline.
“I hope he doesn’t (go).”
Kirwan says that Ranger was the Players’ Player of the Week in their win against the Hurricanes and it shows that he’s in fine form to start the season.
“He’s been incredible for us and he’s really stepped into a leadership role.
“I’d hate to see him go but it’s just one of those things you have to try and manager. Hopefully he gets that silver fern back, that’s the best way to keep him,” says Kirwan.
Kirwan says he was aware of Ranger’s situation and had heard about it before the news broke through media.
Ranger will have a big ask this weekend when the Blues tackle the Crusaders, with an exciting match-up looming between Ranger and centre-opposite Robbie Fruean.
Kirwan has called for Blues fans to get out and support the franchise.
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3/03/2013 10:53:27 a.m.
Roger Whatman wrote:
I agree ,Rene will be the next All Black centre this year.He will blossom under J.K.He has the ability to split defences and only needs to work on timing and offloading. Could you give me J.K.s email address if possible please. Thanks, Roger Whatman
27/02/2013 2:44:43 p.m.
Oh now that Sir Kirwin has spoken out, watch Tew jump and sign this off and on again player. Can't believe how coaches think their players are better than others after 1 game. he was woeful last year.
27/02/2013 10:01:56 a.m.
Arrgh! This is gutting! Ranger could have been a great centre or wing for the Abs, he was only just getting started! Maitland, Kahui and Ranger (to name a few) are brilliant potential players who get snatched up in the greenhouse to yield fruit for overseas teams. More personal player work has to be done by All Black management to ensure the contact and the communication is open for potential ABs. The future rugby world cup will be torn off NZ by ex-kiwis. America's Cup anyone?
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