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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Wannenburg, Mackenzie Join PRO Rugby


Fresh off adding their first official player yesterday in Mirco Bergamasco PRO Rugby has added two more internationally capped players. Former Springbok Pedrie Wannenburg has joined the competition and will be playing with Denver while Canadian international Phil Mackenzie has joined up with San Diego. Wannenburg, who plays in the back-row, has 20 caps to his name for South Africa and has a long club career playing with the Bulls (over 100 Super Rugby caps and 80 Currie Cup caps) and then Castres and Oyonnax in France. He also played over 50 matches with Ulster.

Mackenzie will be well familiar to U.S. fans having amassed over 30 caps for Canada and playing in the 2011 and 2015 World Cups. At just 29 he's an ideal for the player to land. He brings in some Canadian interest and he's young enough to be a veteran player on a team for years. Mackenzie was most recently with Sale but has previous experience with Coventry, Esher, and London Welsh. Most recently he played on Canada's ARC team. Mackenzie plays on the wing but can play in multiple areas. 

4 comments:

  1. Exactly what I expected. Premiership B league for players under contract but not playing. Their pro clubs pay them and they get real match experience. Hopefully, Americans will be sufficiently interested in watching foreign players to boost interest in the US game.

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    1. It works for hockey. Why not rugby?

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    2. A handful of non US players makes this Premiership B? They will raise the level of play and provide an example that will benefit American players. What is wrong with that?

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  2. Guys like Wannenberg and Co. are capped internationals. You don't reach those levels without talent. They also bring experience operating as professionals in professional environments. They offer quite a lot both on and off the pitch. Most notably off.

    These guys will help in setting standards in terms of training and preparation that will be hugely beneficial to thr players and the league.

    Additionally, the likes of the Premiership or any of the top leagues for that matter don't need another structure to provide game time to players. They all have their own.

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